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Bradley in DC
09-28-2007, 07:47 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/us/politics/28repubs.html

4 Top G.O.P. Candidates Skip Debate With Minority Focus

By MICHAEL COOPER
Published: September 28, 2007
The moderator and the panel of well-known journalists were there. A large live audience was there, too, along with the public television cameras that carried the forum to television sets across the nation. But where the four leading Republican presidential candidates were to have stood and debated, four empty, silent lecterns sat on the stage. . .

Alan Keyes, the conservative former diplomat who recently entered the race, defended the absentees.

“I think it is a little unfair to assume that they didn’t show up tonight because they were sending some message of a negative kind to the black community,” said Mr. Keyes, who is black. He noted that they also skipped a recent debate that was held to address issues important to conservatives.

The debate comes shortly after Univision, a Spanish-language network, canceled a Republican debate only Mr. McCain agreed to participate. All the leading Democratic candidates participated in a Univision debate this month, and all appeared at the first All-American Presidential Forum, which was held in June at Howard University in Washington.

Tavis Smiley, the television host who moderated both PBS forums, said at the outset: “Some of the campaigns who declined our invitations to join us tonight have suggested publicly that this audience would be hostile and unreceptive. Since we are live on PBS right now, I can’t tell you what I really think of these kinds of comments.”

Without the front-runners, some of the candidates who have been overshadowed in past debates got a chance to be heard on a variety of issues, among them the crisis in Darfur, capital punishment and concerns about the racial discrimination in the justice system.

Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado noted that he was the only Republican candidate who showed up this summer at a forum held by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Representative Ron Paul of Texas was cheered for his calls to bring the troops back home and end the war on drugs. . . .

aksmith
09-28-2007, 08:54 AM
It's pretty funny that the writer of this article didn't catch Keyes' sarcasm. Keyes wasn't in any way defending the absentees. He was saying that they're obviously scared to debate HIM. Are reporters ever paying attention? Thank goodness they spelled Dr. Paul's name right and identified him with the correct position on the war.

PollM
09-28-2007, 11:03 AM
Make your voice count, shame on them. Always ask yourself who owns the Lobby system, and where more emphasis needs to be put going forward to get your rights.

Who do you think won the All American Presidential forum debate at Baltimore's Morgan State University? ----> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=604

Way to go Ron, you're winning in the Poll

kalami
09-28-2007, 11:24 AM
It's pretty funny that the writer of this article didn't catch Keyes' sarcasm. Keyes wasn't in any way defending the absentees. He was saying that they're obviously scared to debate HIM. Are reporters ever paying attention? Thank goodness they spelled Dr. Paul's name right and identified him with the correct position on the war.

To be fair Keyes' has absolutely no comedic timing.