Too Many 2012 Debates? There Were Just As Many Four Years Ago (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)

CNN hosted another Republican debate, the eighth of the 2012 campaign cycle and CNN’s third, Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Late Monday, CNN announced that yet another Republican debate — one focused on national security and foreign policy — would be scheduled for Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. Even before CNN’s latest entry to the debate calendar, political reporters, pundits, and candidates were complaining of “debate fatigue” — despite the fact that the ratings for the cable networks that carry them have been on the rise. HuffPost: There have already been eight debates since May, with CNN and Fox News each having co-sponsored three. AllFacebook: Why do some political candidates have a strong Facebook fan base, yet lag in other metrics, such as media coverage or national polls?

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