First Republican Debate Set for Thursday in South Carolina
Greenville, SC will host the first of several Republican primary presidential debates, but the question remains – who will show up.
Confirmed acceptance of debate invitations is happening late. As recent as Monday, May 2nd Herman Cain voiced his intent to join the debate. Others that have confirmed that they will attend don’t include those at the top of the GOP polls.
While some candidates argue that the debate is too soon, some, like Mitt Romney, have been campaigning for months. Those set to attend are:
Herman Cain, former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza; Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico; Ron Paul, U.S. representative from Texas; Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota, and Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania.
Several other candidates had expressed a desire to be in the debates, but like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, have not yet filed the required paperwork to run.
 “SC presidential debate participants set” – https://www.thestate.com/2011/05/04/1805151/sc-presidential-debate-participants.html#ixzz1LOmpS8OY
Tim Pawlenty issued a challenge to everyone to get off the sidelines and get registered for this debate. While it is still early, I agree with him 100 %