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Mar312011

GOP Presidential Candidate Debate Postponed for Lack of Candidates

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- What if they held a debate for Republican presidential hopefuls, and nobody showed up?

Faced with that distinct possibility, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has pushed back its much ballyhooed debate scheduled for May 2 to Sept. 14.

By that time, the Reagan Foundation says there should be a "full slate of candidates to participate."  Executive director John Heubusch admitted "too few have made the commitment thus far for a debate to be worthwhile in early May."

At the moment, only former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has announced he's forming an exploratory committee, which doesn't necessarily mean he'll seek the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have only talked about forming exploratory committees, while other possible candidates, such as former governors Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin remain coy about their plans for next year.

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