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Hesitant to Agree to CNN/YouTube Debate

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As I've said before, I don't think this election is going to be won (or even overly affected) by Web 2.0 gimmicks. That said, if the major Republican candidates refuse to participate in the CNN/YouTube debate it will be perhaps one of the stupidest moves in the early campaign season. The CNN/YouTube debate is not a Web 2.0 gimmick. It's a televised debate that allows "average" people, young people a chance to talk back at candidates.

I'll hold my nose and try to swallow the argument that there are scheduling conflicts and, as the Giuliani campaign points out, the debate is scheduled "two weeks before the end of the next fund-raising period, at a time when many campaigns are racing to raise dollars."

But the award for most tone-deaf and clueless response goes to Mitt Romney for saying, "I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman."

Mitt, if you were looking for a way to come off as a super rich elitist, congratulations. You succeeded.

As Patrick Ruffini told the Washington Post, "What's worse -- questions from the public, many of whom are supporters, or questions from the media, who many Republicans believe are biased? This is YouTube. That's not something they'd want to snub."

The only takers so far are John "Really, I'm Not Thrashing Around In Desperation" McCain and Ron "Really, I Don't Approve of My Insane Supporters" Paul. That'll be entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons.
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