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My holiday hopes are dashed

By Josh Richman
Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 at 7:49 pm in Berkeley, Elections, Republican Party.

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!

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