Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language television network, proposed doing back-to-back presidential debates at the University of Miami on Sept. 9 and 16. After some hemming and hawing, the major Democratic candidates agreed. But the only Republican candidate who RSVPd was John McCain, forcing organizers to cancel the Sept. 16 faceoff.
"That date is off the table,'' said university spokeswoman Barbara Gutierrez.
She said a GOP debate hasn't been entirely ruled out and that it could happen later in the fall. "We're thinking that everyone wants to see how the Democratic one goes before they commit,'' she said.
It will be the first debate conducted in Spanish, with the questions translated simultaneously. The Republican field also blew off invitations to attend Hispanic-oriented conferences organized by the National Association of Latin Elected Officials and the National Council of La Raza.