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Your Sunday's Free Again. 3rd-Party Debate Canceled

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Maria Recio

WASHINGTON - The troubled presidential debate for
third party candidates scheduled for Sunday at Columbia University in
New York was canceled Friday after none of the four candidates had
committed to the event.

"Due to circumstances beyond our
control, several of the candidates decided not to participate in the
debate at the last minute," said Lauren Salz, a student with the
Columbia Political Union, which was hosting the debate.

Independent
Ralph Nader, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, Green Party candidate
Cynthia McKinney and Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin were
expected to participate in what was billed as a "historic" event.

Barr
claimed a conflict while McKinney opted for an online debate originally
scheduled for that evening. Baldwin was reluctant to travel to New
York. Nader was willing to participate, say aides, but, seeing the
debate falling apart all week, held back.

McKinney, it turns out,
also had another reason for staying in her hometown of Atlanta, said
her running mate, Rosa Clemente. McKinney is attending the Black
Panther Party annual reunion.

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