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Cancel That: Bush/Clinton 'Debate' Is Off

There's not going to be a "debate" next February between former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton after all.

According to the Associated Press, spokesman for both men confirm that the event's been called off because "an overeager promoter had inaccurately hyped it as a debate." The ex-presidents wanted to have just a moderated "discussion."

"Debate" is exactly the word that MSG Entertainment used. Its announcement is no longer posted online, but here's what it said yesterday:

The 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton, and the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush, will debate topics ranging from the economy, to foreign policy, to the current administration. The series will be formatted to allow for President Clinton and President Bush to each present their thoughts on a wide range of important current events and national issues through a moderated question and answer period during which the moderator can elicit information and insights into particularly pertinent topics of the day. The moderator for this highly anticipated event will be announced in the coming weeks.

MSG also called it the "hottest ticket in political history."

Maybe some other time?

By the way, more than 2,200 folks responded to our question yesterday about which former president would "win." As of this moment, almost 60% have said Clinton. Of the rest, 28% have chosen "neither" and 13% picked Bush.