ATLANTA -- The March 1 Republican presidential debate scheduled for Atlanta is off, CNN confirmed Thursday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The move comes after at least two of the four GOP hopefuls said they would not participate in the final forum before Georgia and nine other states vote on March 6, Super Tuesday.
“Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate,” CNN said in a statement. “Without full participation of all four candidates, CNN will not move forward with the Super Tuesday debate. However, next week, CNN and the Arizona Republican Party will host all four leading contenders for the GOP nomination. That debate will be held in Mesa, Arizona on February 22 and will be moderated by CNN’s John King.”