Saturday, August 18, 2007

"Just Say No"

Ben Smith's Blog (Richard Allen Greene):
My colleague Mike Allen got the jump on the news that Barack Obama's campaign will be turning down debate and forum invitations this fall.

The 10-second version:

Obama will honor his commitment to eight more debates (five sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, one by the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision and two in Iowa), but he does not plan to accept many invitations for forums, where the candidates appear sequentially.

The announcement could affect such key Democratic constituencies as the Congressional Black Caucus, Iowa AARP and League of Conservation Voters, campaign sources confirmed.

“Unfortunately, we simply cannot run the kind of campaign we want and need to, engaging with voters in the early states and February 5, if our schedule is dictated by dozens of forums and debates,” campaign manager David Plouffe said in a statement.



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