It's the year before a presidential election, and supporters of bringing a presidential debate to Portland are trying again for 2012.

Similar efforts have failed before. But project manager Mark Kirchmeier says debate organizers have met with officials at the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission and Oregon Convention Center to discuss details on submitting an application to the U.S. Commission on Presidential Debates by March 31.
Advocates lined up in support of this latest effort include Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, former Portland City Commissioner Jim Francesconi and Barbara Kerr, the communications director for Clark College in Vancouver.

Obama vs. Palin? Call it The Showdown in P-town.