The Democratic presidential debate, tentatively scheduled for Monday night in St. Louis, has been cancelled. The Democrats have released a statement saying conflicting schedules, abbreviated preparation time, and the possibility of more winter weather have led to the decision to cancel the event. The idea for the debate was put forward by the State Democratic Party following the withdrawal of St. Louis Congressman Richard Gephardt from the race for the White House. The candidates had all but conceded Missouri’s delegates to Gephardt, but his decision to pull out put the state in play. Earlier, a proposal to hold a town hall forum on Saturday at Penn Valley Community College near Kansas City was scrapped because of a lack of organizing time.