GOP Values Voters Debate - September 17, 2007

Bumped for visibility September 16, 2007 until debate time.

There will be a GOP Presidential candidate debate on Monday, September 17, 2007 at 7:30 PM (Eastern Time). The debate will be in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is sponsored by American Family Association, along with others. The debate will be moderated by Joseph Farah of World Net Daily.

Participants will be: Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo, Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, Ron Paul and John Cox. Mitt, Rudy, McCain and Fred! all chose not to attend.

Updated 9/15/2007 @ 11:45 PM: Appears Alan Keyes has announced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination and will attend the Values Voters debate. This will only make the stage more crowded and detract from the opportunity the other participants had for some more face, and voice, time.

Despite the absence of the big four, this is a great opportunity for the attending candidates. They will not be over shadowed and should get much more time and attention than they have gotten in the previous debates. If your guy is one of the other candidates, this is a debate you need to watch or listen to as they will likely get more time to talk about their issues than usual.

Coverage of the debate will be on Sky Angel television, VCY radio stations, WKBF-AM 1270 and webcast on AFA Net (believe it will require a simple registration).

If you've never heard of Sky Angel, you probably don't have it. The VCY stations can be streamed via the internet. WKBF is billed as a Spanish language station, so don't know if the debate will be in English or translated to Spanish, but does have live streaming.

I'll bump this post to the top on Monday as a reminder.

For scheduling purposes, the next GOP debate will be September 27, 2007. More on that closer to the date.

Note to debate organizers. This is another debate the sponsors seem to want to keep secret. It took me a good thirty minutes to find all the information I put into this post. Between conflicting times, including no specification of time zone, and no one place where the viewing and listening options were listed, if one were to try to find information at the last minute, the debate might be over before they were able to tune in. To me, just doesn't seem like a smart way to do business when you're trying to get your message out.

Added 9/14/2007 @ 11:53 PM: Corrected the date in the opening paragraph. Had it right in the title, then brain cramped in the body.

Also, it's worth noting that even though only six of the GOP candidates will participate in this debate, the offer was extended to the democrat candidates for a similar debate and none of them accepted.