Thompson Refuses To Debate At Historically Black College - Politics on The Huffington Post
The absence of Republican candidates at a primarily African forum says a lot about where American politics reside in the 21st century. President Bush snubbed the NAACP until well after the flak he began to earn for his massive non-action after Katrina, and then only showed up to gain support for republican elections later in the year. If the republican party really thinks that they can continue to ride on the coat-tails of Lincoln, who never freed anyone and actually wanted Africans removed from the country and removed a small amount to Grenada, they are sadly mistaken. - The Angryindian
Thompson Refuses To Debate At Historically Black College - Politics on The Huffington Post Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson has become the fourth leading GOP presidential candidate to shun the PBS debate this month at a historically black college in Baltimore, the Huffington Post has learned.
The debates, moderated by Tavis Smiley, will go on as planned, despite the absence of Thompson, former mayor Rudy Giuliani, former governor Mitt Romney, and Sen. John McCain. Each campaign cited scheduling issues as the reason for their absence. Nevertheless, the rejections underscore the consistent absence of GOP candidates at minority voter forums.
"There is a pattern here," Smiley told the Huffington Post. "When you tell every black and brown request that you get throughout the primary process that 'no, there's a scheduling problem.' That's a pattern... Are we really supposed to believe that all four of these guys couldn't make it because of scheduling?"
The Republican frontrunners' snubbing of Smiley and PBS comes on the heels of their rejection of a debate sponsored by the Spanish-language network Univision (McCain was the only GOP candidate to accept that invitation). This past June, only one Republican presidential candidate, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, showed up at the convention of the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials.
"It's not just that they are not coming. It's that some of them are visibly insulting us," Cecilia Munoz, vice president of NCLR, told the Politico.