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My holiday hopes are dashed

Berkeley reporter Kristin Bender just brought this to my attention… We’d reported here, back in August, how the Berkeley College Republicans were hoping to host a GOP presidential candidates’ debate on campus in December. Oh, well…

No Republican debate at UC Berkeley
By Office of Public Affairs | 14 November 2007

BERKELEY – Fox News Network officials have informed UC Berkeley that changes to the U.S. Presidential primary and caucus schedule have forced the network to abandon plans for a possible Republican candidates’ debate on campus this semester.

The television network, working with the Berkeley College Republicans, a campus student group, had hoped to hold the debate here and to broadcast it live to a national audience. However, recent changes to the campaign schedule – with more contests occurring earlier than originally planned – conflicted with plans to hold a mid-December debate in Berkeley.

Campus officials began discussions early this semester with Fox and the student group on how the logistics of broadcasting such an event would be handled. John Cummins, UC Berkeley associate chancellor, said the discussion process with Fox went very smoothly and was so encouraging that both sides hope to work together on an event in the future.

This post’s headline aside — for it would’ve been fun to see the Republican contenders gather in Berkeley, of all places, wouldn’t it? — my holiday today has been superb, and I hope yours has been as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

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.