A GOP presidential debate… in BERKELEY?

The Berkeley College Republicans’ Web home page includes the following blurb:

December 17th –
Presidential Debate
Join BCR and Fox News for the much anticipated GOP Presidential Debate on campus.

Really? Could be. Although the site says no more about this, and no references to such an event were found elsewhere online, BCR Executive Director Alex Marlow said today that “progress is being made. We will have an official press release when it is appropriate.”

Added BCR External Vice President Kyle Tibbitts: “The event is still in the works and we are moving forward as planned. We will be able to get you more detailed information in a couple weeks.”

The Democratic presidential candidates already are scheduled to debate that same day in Boston, hosted by CNN, The Politico, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

For the record, BCR refers to itself as “the new free speech movement,” but Berkeley remains a notoriously, overwhelmingly liberal city, and a visit by the GOP presidential candidates could be akin to zebras debating in a lion cage. Voter registration figures show Berkeley has 3,637 registered Republican voters — about 5.3 percent of the city’s total registration, almost exactly the same as the city’s Green registration and far less than its 62.9 percent Democratic registration and 23.8 percent decline-to-state.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.