For Immediate Release - ORP Chairman Alley Announces Cancellation of Oregon Republican Debate - 03.15.2012

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For Immediate Release
Thursday March 15th, 2012 - 10:00 AM PDT

ORP CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION 
OF OREGON REPUBLICAN DEBATE

Portland, OROregon Republican Party  Chairman Allen announced today that the Oregon Republican Presidential Debate has been cancelled because commitments were not received by all candidates.

“At this point in the race, there has been a shift in the flow of the campaigns from the debate environment to a strategic state-by-state approach,” said Chairman Alley. “It is clear that the Republican Presidential Campaign has entered a new phase where the candidates do not want to debate each other,” Chairman Alley continued.

Two previously scheduled debates were also cancelled in the last month, one in Atlanta and the other at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.

"We greatly value the partnership between Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Washington Times, along with PBS, NPR and a wide variety of broadcast partners, which would have broadcast this Debate worldwide.  We hope to work together with these superb partners at sometime in the future,” Chairman Alley concluded.

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Contact:  Greg Leo, Oregon Republican Party
(503) 804-6391 – greg@orgop.org

Pat Kruis, Oregon Public Broadcasting
(503) 293-1933 – pkruis@opb.org

Brian Bauman, The Washington Times
(202) 636-4731 –
bbauman@washingtontimes.com

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