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The Republican Presidential Debate You Didn’t See

Back in 2008, the Tucson Weekly discovered that getting on the Arizona presidential primary ballot doesn’t require cash, signatures or a political base. All you have to do is file a generic form. So the TW decided to recruit a slew of charismatic and/or odd individuals to run. They then hosted an hour-long debate with their fringe candidates on public access that they call Project White House.

In 2012, over half the Republicans on the ballot in the presidential primary are involved in TW‘s project. They recruited San Diego CityBeat staffer Dave Maass to be the moderator of this year’s debate. The results are reminiscent of the glory days of UHF and public access television back in the 80′s.

Some fun weekend viewing.

The Arizona Republican primary is on February 28th. Don’t suspect we’ll be seeing any of these folks pulling a surprise upset. But who knows what goes on in the minds of Arizonans?

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