The first schedule Republican debate set for May 2nd, 2011 has been postponed until September. The debate organizes have cited a lack of interest by potential participants as the reason for the postponement.

This debate has been reschedule for September 7th, 2011.

Report from Politico:

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced Tuesday that the Republican presidential debate it is cosponsoring with POLITICO and MSNBC will move up one week to September 7.

This will make the event at Reagan’s presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., the first debate after Labor Day, when the primary campaign traditionally shifts into full swing.

In March, the foundation postponed this debate from May 2 to September 14 because of the slow start of the presidential campaign. The shift from Sept. 14 to Sept. 7 was made to accommodate campaign schedules.

“This new date works better for the campaigns, and positions the Reagan Library debate as the first stop post-Labor Day when campaigns are in full swing and voter interest is high,” John Heubusch, executive director for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, said in a statement.

The debate will be moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams and POLITICO Editor-in-Chief John F. Harris, as previously announced. A Telemundo reporter will also ask questions.

This means the first official debate is now scheduled to happen on May 5th, 2011 hosted by Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party. However, the May 5th event is dubbed as a “forum” rather than a debate.

See the full schedule on our 2012 Debate Schedule page.


  1. repubs don’t want to debate but want to run for president. Something is wrong with this story.

  2. Watch the corporate media try to ignore Ron Paul in this debate! Bet that was one of the big topics out at Bohemian Grove this year. What could the Bankster controlled establishment do to draw attention away from the constitutional hero Ron Paul. End the Fed! End the illegal wars! End the IRS!

  3. I wish someone would ask Perry and Backmann regarding global warming “what if you are dead wrong about global warming considering the vast amount of scientists believe in global warming. What are the deadly consequences to our planet earth and all its creatures. “

    • Beebee,

      Why don’t you ask Al Gore why he still flies charter jets, has a massive home and drives fleets of vehicles when he claims we’re headed for total and utter climate disaster? Did you ever consider that?

      Maybe you should be asking yourself what if Perry and Bachmann are dead right?

      • there is an enormous amount of data demonstrating that global warming is happening. the “belief” debate is if humans are accelerating the process or not – a debate that is pointless in light of the consequences of the fact it is happening.

  4. The debate was postponed because the only candidate with a chance to win showing up was Ron Paul. I’m sure the less exposure the better for Romney, Bachmann, Perry, the front runner / tea party candidates…..

    orgive me but if I remember correct, Dr. Paul launched a revolution march on washington which I would call the birth of the tea party.

    • Ron Paul did not spawn the Tea Party though people keep trying to attribute it to him.

      More accurately credited could be CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli for bringing the sentiment to the national stage and essentially spawning the first “Tax Day Tea Party” in 2009.

  5. Why are these debates being held on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News…I had to cut out on frivolous items like satellite and no longer get these networks. I know many people who have had to make similar cuts – how can we little people get to know these candidates if the debates aren’t carried on regular channels? I’m in a library to use the internet and can’t stream a replay. I don’t like relying on “journalistic” analysis of the debate, I want to draw my own conclusions. If the government were truly for, by and of the people…all the debates would be made available to all of us.

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