First NH GOP Debate Won't Include Rudy Or McCain

Sen. John McCain and Ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani informed WMUR-TV in New Hampshire today that they will not participate in the April 4 debate -- the event labeled by sponsors CNN and WMUR as the "First in the Nation.

Not anymore.

McCain will be in the Middle East and Giuliani cited unspecified scheduling conflicts, a person with direct knowledge of the debate refusals said.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer is hosting, and the Union Leaders John DiStaso and  WMUR's Scott Spradling are panelists.

   Both McCain and Giuliani accepted Nancy Reagan's invitation to participate in the 5/3 debate scheduled for the Reagan Library. That contest will be televised by MSNBC.