Republican candidates were balking at following their Democratic counterparts into a debate format in which CNN asked questions submitted by citizens via YouTube. The 9/17/07 date has been scrapped, but the event has found a new home on the calender: 11/28/07. At the beginning of the flap, John McCain (R-AZ) and Ron Paul (R-TX) quickly agreed to appear in the event, but others, including Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) and Mitt Romney (R-MA), were among those unwilling to commit. In Giuliani's case, scheduling conflicts were cited as the source of his reluctance to participate, and his campaign has agreed to the new debate. Romney was not comfortable with the format, calling it "demeaning," and has still not yet agreed to take part in the event.
SmartMedia observation: Back in the 19th century it was considered "demeaning" for a presidential candidate to go out and actually campaign for voter support. So, things do change over time. Radio changed campaigning and then television changed it again. Now the Internet is making its own modifications. Those who don't change with the times are destined to be left behind.