Obama chickens out of debates
by hwc, Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 07:33:28 AM EDT
According to Marc Ambinder, the Obama campaign has circulated a memo stating that it will accept no more invitations to candidate forums where the candidates appear together on the stage due to "scheduling" reasons.
His schedule will, however, allow consideration of forums where candidates appear one after the other and he is not subject to head-to-head comparisons.
Therefore, after this week, we will only be attending the five DNC debates through the sanctioning period of December 10, Univision, and the two Iowa debates previously mentioned. Candidate forums - where candidates appear sequentially will be considered, but we are unlikely to accept many of these.
Is this turning a page and a new kind of politics?Update [2007-8-18 12:48:38 by hwc]: Politico has weighed in: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0807/5440.html
"The announcement could affect such key Democratic constituencies as the Congressional Black Caucus, Iowa AARP and League of Conservation Voters, campaign sources confirmed."