The first FOX republican debate scheduled for thursday May 5th will be missing KEY players in the 2012 election arena. Sarah Palin Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich Mike Huckabee Alan West ...will not appear at the debate. Each person willing to come to the debate had to pay 25,000 to be eligible for the debate. You have to wonder WHY? If they are so concerned with the state of the nation, why not come on out and discuss it on television and get your message out? Or, are they afraid of "peaking' a year and a half early? After this debate, we will know why NONE of those who showed has a chance in heck to defeat the sitting president. Gonna make for some great jokes! Peace.