A GOP Presidential Debate Was Actually Canceled

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 23: Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) interact while U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) looks on prior to the NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times debate held at the University of South Florida on January 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The debate is the first of two before the Florida primaries on January 31st. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2012 Getty Images

The seemingly endless string of Republican presidential candidate debates is not yet coming to an end, but the program is losing at least one act. The John King–moderated March 1 CNN debate scheduled to air from Georgia only a few days before Super Tuesday is no more. The Romney, Paul, and Santorum campaigns told CNN on Thursday that they were all out, leaving Newt Gingrich as the only confirmed participant. And you remember what happened last time John King and Newt Gingrich had a couple minutes to themselves.