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article imageOregon republican party debate cancelled

By Paul Bright     Mar 16, 2012 in Politics
Portland - While supporters of the Republican Party are still deciding on who will be their presidential candidate, two frontrunners have squashed the debate, at least in Oregon.
A presidential debate sponsored by Oregon’s Republican Party has been cancelled. Not all candidates had agreed to attend, namely Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. The debate was scheduled for March 19. Romney will not attend because he will be campaigning in Illinois that day.
Oregon Republican Party chairman Allen Alley was quoted about the cancellation in a posted a statement on the party’s website.
“At this point in the race, there has been a shift in the flow of the campaigns from the debate environment to a strategic state-by-state approach,” said Chairman Alley. “It is clear that the Republican Presidential Campaign has entered a new phase where the candidates do not want to debate each other,” Chairman Alley continued.
While Romney’s planned Illinois campaign stop was announced earlier in the week, the Oregon Republican Party posted a press release on Tuesday stating that the debate would move forward without him. At press time, only Newt Gingrich had agreed to participate. Ron Paul's campaign had neither accepted or declined.
The debate, which would have taken place in Portland, was the final scheduled one before Oregon’s Republican primary vote on May 15.
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