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Wanted: Undecided voters

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 at 6:41 pm in 2008 presidential primary.

If you haven’t decided which of the presidential candidates will earn your vote on Feb. 5, the Bay Area News Group-East Bay, which includes the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune, needs your help.

I’m inviting a small group of undecided voters to attend one of two debate-watch parties at the newspapers’ Walnut Creek office. You’ll share your reactions and views of the candidates with readers online and in the next day’s newspapers.

Republican candidates will debate on Jan. 30 (click here for details) followed by the Democrats on Jan. 31 (click here for details) in the final televised presidential debates prior to the Feb. 5 primary election. (The debates will air live on CNN and streamed live on www.latimes.com.

The GOP debate will be held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, while Democrats will meet at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Both debates are sponsored by CNN, Los Angeles Times and Politico.com.

Prospective participants in the debate-watch parties should be undecided, registered voters in Alameda or Contra Costa counties unaffiliated with the campaigns of any presidential candidate.

Each group of about eight to 10 people will watch the debates from 5-7 p.m. at 2640 Shadelands Drive in Walnut Creek. Snacks and drinks are provided.

Undecided Republicans will be invited to attend on Jan. 30, while undecided Democrats and independent, or decline to state voters, will be asked to participate on Jan. 31. (Only registered Republicans may vote in the GOP presidential primary, while the Democratic Party allows independents to participate.)

Interested voters should send an email to me or before Jan. 25: lvorderbrueggen@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Please send me your name, party registration and the best contact time and phone number.

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