Thursday, April 24, 2008

'Debate Watch'?

Hillary Clinton is reaching even deeper into the hack politician trick bag as she tries to intimidate Barack Obama into agreeing to more debates.

She is circulating a "Debate Watch" flyer counting each day that Obama fails to agree to participate in yet another inquisition about flag pins, 60s radicals, and his former pastor.

On Wednesday, they sent reporters a press release titled “Debate Watch: Day 1,” as part of their continuing effort to focus attention on Obama’s reluctance to schedule more primary season showdowns.

During a rally in Hillsborough, North Carolina Wednesday afternoon, former President Bill Clinton, standing on the back of a pick-up truck, told voters: “I think I know the answer to why one candidate wants to debate, ‘cuz I saw the debate in Pennsylvania. And afterwards, 41 percent of the voters saw it. And by 55 to 22, they said Hillary won.”

Earlier this week, a proposed North Carolina debate was cancelled after Obama’s team said the Illinois senator would not be able to find time in his schedule.

“It's not clear that another debate is going to be the best use of our time,” Obama told CNN’s Roland Martin Wednesday.

The Obama campaign says that the candidates have met in more than 20 primary season debates. But the Clinton camp counters that only four of those meetings have been one-on-one.
Why doesn't she just take the plunge and become a Republican? She's already campaigning like one.

And whose idea was this hacky gimmick in the first place? It's a loser move. It's like trying to put your opponent on the spot in public by demanding that they sign a pledge right then and there to eschew negative ads, or to forgo soft money donations, or something like that. It is desperate and undiginified, which is not the image you want to present when trying to make the case that you are more electable than your opponent.

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