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Thursday, September 20, 2007

GOP no-shows

The top four Republican presidential candidates opted out of the Values Voter debate last week. Now it appears they're all skipping the All American Presidential Forum--aimed at minority voters--next week. Apparently it's got party leaders a little antsy.

All four cite schedule conflicts, and you know that if they rearrange their schedules to fly in and back out for the debate, the Democrats are going to use the carbon footprint against them. What I'm wondering, though, is why they can't set up a big teleconference? For those who won't be in the immediate vicinity, why not just set up webcams and let them participate that way. Does it matter whether they are there in person, or on a TV screen? For that matter, why can't all the campaigning be done that way? Oh, right, because they're fund raising, too. They can't charge $500 a plate for rubber chicken if they aren't there in person, right?



Blogger Jean said...

Actually, I'm pretty sure they could do the remote fund raising thing.

But for the debate purposes, your argument makes perfect sense to me. Be somewhere in person for fund raising, and teleconference for the debate. If done right, the television audience would never know it, and the in person audience could be much more geographically diverse. I think it's a splendid idea.

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