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CNN, LA Times Cancel Recall Debate

CNN and the Los Angeles Times say they are canceling a candidates debate set for Tuesday because Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Governor Davis declined invitations to attend.

In a statement, the news outlets say they had invited Schwarzenegger, Davis, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and Republican state Senator Tom McClintock, but only Bustamante and McClintock said yes.

The statement said “In light of the fact that we believe that California voters are best served by presenting the views of Governor Davis and the top candidates, we have canceled the debate.”

Bustamante, McClintock and independent Arianna Huffington are scheduled to meet at a debate October 2 sponsored by KNBC TV, the California League of Women Voters and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce.

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