You can run but you can’t hide… from the CNN/YouTube debate that is.

Republican presidential candidates are not warming to the idea of the CNN/YouTube debate venue on September 17th. 

Four days after the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., more than 400 questions directed to the GOP presidential field have been uploaded on YouTube, as Republicans are scheduled to take their turn at video-populism on Sept. 17.

But only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) have agreed to participate in the debate, co-hosted by the Republican Party of Florida in St. Petersburg.

“Aside from those two candidates, we haven’t heard from anyone else,” said Sam Feist of CNN, which is co-sponsoring the debate with the popular video-sharing site.

Rudolph W. Giuliani and Mitt Romney, both with dozens of videos on their YouTube channels, have not signed up. Neither have the rest of the Republican candidates, including Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.), whose “Tancredo Takes” on his YouTube channel draw hundreds of views. Sources familiar with the Giuliani campaign said the former New York mayor is unlikely to participate. Kevin Madden, Romney’s spokesman, said the former Massachusetts governor has seven debate invitations over a span of 11 days in September. (read more…)

Posters are submitting their questions for consideration already at YouTube.

Submit your question here

Bryan Preston is urging the GOP not to skip the scheduled debate.  Go to HotAir and voice your opinion in the poll as to whether Republicans should attend or blow it off. 

Patric Ruffini has set up a site called SaveTheDebate.com.  Check it out.  Lorie Byrd doesn’t think Republicans should be worried. 

Would a date change increase GOP candidate interest?  Robert Bluey seems to think so.

Michelle Malkin offers her insight on the GOP and the debates.

I say we should get ready for the September CNN/YouTube debates, like Ed Morissey suggest at the Captain’s Quarters.

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