New York Daily News Blames Florida GOP Chair for Delayed CNN/You Tube Debate
UPDATE: Greer called me Friday to say he had nothing to do with the delay and he had no idea how the Daily News got the idea that he was involved. So why did the GOP candidates force a three-month delay in the debate? Greer cited the all-purpose debate delay excuse: scheduling conflicts.
Of course, as I reported back in June, CNN announced the date for its Republican debate long ago -- and presumably, the cable newschannel had been talking with candidates before it revealed he dates. So why couldn't the Republicans figure out their schedules in three months?
According to the NY Daily News blog, "Jim Greer, the apparently in-over his-head chairman of the Florida GOP, is living up to a promise to Fox that it would host the first GOP debate in the Sunshine State," proiding an explanation for why the CNN/YouTube folks didn't get their original debate date of Sept. 17.
Of course, that doesn't explain why front-runner Mitt Romney is still uncommitted to the event, now planned for Nov. 28. CNN, perhaps aware that its reputation with conservatives makes any GOP debate a victory, hasn't said much about this scoop.
"Looks like Fox and CNN will both be getting their wish to host debates in Florida, even though some party officials and a couple of GOP campaigns lobbed bombs at the plans.
Jim Greer, the apparently in-over his-head chairman of the Florida GOP, is living up to a promise to Fox that it would host the first GOP debate in the Sunshine State. “Greer is definitely the perpetrator of all of this mess and is facing the heat on it,” said a source familiar with the negotiations.
A Fox News spokesperson confirmed that the network is moving forward with their previously announced GOP debate in Florida on Oct. 21.
And that’s fine with CNN, an inside source tells The Mouth of The Potomac. The cable net is just happy to be moving forward with its YouTube.com GOP debate. Uncooperative Giuliani and Romney campaigns, among others, appear to have finally awakened and realized that they were not helping themselves by threatening to blow off the CNN/YouTube.com event.
A GOP-led coalition called Save the Debate is putting pressure on the Republican campaigns to attend the CNN/YouTube.com debate, which is now likely to be held in November or December.
"We're still working with the campaigns to resolve any scheduling issues," said David Bohrman, CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief.