A Strange Way to Pick Presidential Candidates (Stuart Rothenberg)

Presidential debates, says NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, are now part of the winnowing process. Instead of going to a small state and wooing caucus-goers, Republican presidential hopefuls are going on national cable to see if they can resonate with the voters.

With 26 GOP debates currently scheduled between May 5, 2011, and March 19, 2012 (17 of them before the Iowa caucuses), the fight for the party’s nomination is now played out in living rooms and dens around the country as much as in diners, candidate coffees and small events in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The full story can be accessed at http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_61/debates_strange_way_pick_presidential_candidates-210390-1.html?ET=rollcall:e11394:80065042a:&st=email&pos=epol



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