Upcoming CNN Debates in June

From the horse’s mouth:

CNN Presidential Debates

CNN Presidential Debates
Join CNN starting in June for a series of Democratic and Republican presidential debates.
• June 3: Democrats, New Hampshire
• June 5: Republicans, New Hampshire

• November: Democrats, Nevada
• January 24: Democrats, South Carolina
• January 30: Republicans, California
• January 31: Democrats, California

Debates sponsored by CNN, WMUR and the Union Leader in New Hampshire; CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus in South Carolina; and CNN and the Los Angeles Times in California.

I’m trying to be excited but we’ve already seen the same exact programming thanks to MSNBC and Fox. However, if Fred Thompson enters the fray, it will be a whole new ballgame on the Republican side.

Although, perhaps some of this will spill over:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican John McCain accused presidential rival Mitt Romney of flip-flopping on immigration Monday and said with sarcasm: “Maybe his solution will be to get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn.”

McCain also said he was disappointed in potential candidate Fred Thompson for opposing immigration legislation the Arizona senator is co-sponsoring.

Fred Thompson opposes McCain. Score 1 for Fred.

Edwards seems to be giving Hillary and Obama heartburn:

Two new Iowa Polls published Sunday indicate the big story to come out of the Iowa caucuses next January could be the defeats of the early national front-runners in both parties.

On the Democratic side, John Edwards leads Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton among likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers. He gets 29 percent of the Iowa vote. Obama gets 23 percent, and Clinton comes in third with 21 percent. Nationally, Clinton leads in most polls of the Democratic race.

On the Republican side, Mitt Romney has taken the lead with an impressive 30 percent of the vote among that party’s likely caucus-goers. John McCain is in second at 18 percent, and Rudy Giuliani is in third with 17 percent.

I cannot see Edwards winning anything so this is somewhat surprising. People will start paying attention come primary season and things will most like change again.