The Republican debate scheduled originally for July 10th, 2011 sponsored by The Daily Caller and Americans for Tax Reform has been postponed indefinitely due to lack of candidate participate. The debate was the finale of the 2011 Conservative Leadership Conference. Seems that the decision by Mitt Romney to pass on the debate was enough for organizers to postpone the event though a future date has not been given.
Report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
No Mitt Romney, no debate.
Three days after Romney, the GOP presidential front runner, said he wouldn’t attend a July 10 debate in Las Vegas, the organizers postponed the event, citing scheduling problems.
The Daily Caller and Americans for Tax Reform Foundation on Friday announced their GOP face-off would be put off until another time, although no new date or venue was offered.
“Due to scheduling conflicts and impending changes in the Republican primary field, we have decided to postpone our debate,” the group said in a statement, attributing it to Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel and Grover Norquist, president of the tax reform foundation.
Herman Cain had been the only GOP presidential hopeful to have confirmed he would participate in the debate. Organizers had said they were confident the rest of the field would show up, but that apparently wasn’t coming together after Romney announced on Tuesday he would skip it.
Romney said he planned to participate in a series of six other debates this summer and fall, culminating with one Oct. 18 in Las Vegas that will be televised live by CNN. That face-off will be part of the Western Republican Leadership Conference, a major regional meeting for GOP fundraising and organizing, including for Nevada’s Feb. 18 presidential caucuses.
The July 10 debate was scheduled to happen the day after a Conservative Leadership Conference on July 9 at the M Resort. Cain is among those scheduled to speak at the conference.
GOP hopeful Herman Cain will still speak at the conference despite a lack of the previously scheduled debate. This will officially make July a debate-free zone with the next scheduled debate not until August. We’ll keep you posted on whether we get a rescheduled date for the July 10th event.