Posts Tagged ‘Republican Party (United States) presidential debates 2008’
Disgruntled former New Mexico governor Gary Johnsons ays he is considering leaving the Republican slate and running as a third-party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. "I feel abandoned by the Republican Party," Johnson, who has been left out of most of the Republican debates, told the Sante Fe New Mexican newspaper this week, saying he might seek the Libertarian Party's support. "The Republican Party has left me by the wayside," said Johnson, whose polling numbers have recently been so low that they are often not even being picked up by pollsters. "If I'd have been included in 16 of the last debates we wouldn't even be having this conversation," he said. via Longshot Republican candidate mulls third-party run - Yahoo! News.
The New York Times reports the GOP presidential debates this year are garnering almost twice as many viewers as any of the early debates, Democratic or Republican, did four years ago. "Cable news executives don't know for sure, but they have theories. Chief among them is that widespread anxiety about the economy and disapproval of the political system is building viewership... Other theories involve livelier contenders, showier production values for the debates and an increase in online chatter about them -- some of the same traits that make reality TV shows successful." via Republican Debates Attracting Big Audiences.