Both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama said they would not participate in a presidential debate sponsored by Fox News Channel, throwing the event in jeopardy.
The two senators joined former Sen. John Edwards, who announced on Friday he would not participate in the debate, one of four being held by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.
The Congressional Black Caucus contracted with Fox to co-sponsor two of its debates — one Democratic and one Republican — and gave the two others to CNN.
But now the top three Democrats in the race have said they will not participate in the Democratic debate co-sponsored by Fox, which was scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Fox Theater in Detroit.
A spokesman for Obama, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told ABC News he would decline, saying “CNN seems to be a more appropriate host.”
A spokesman for Clinton told Daily Variety that she was only committing to debates sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, which the Fox debate with the CBC is not.
The Democratic party is attempting to make an issue of the perceived close ties between Fox News Channel and the Republican Party. Edwards pulled out of a Democratic debate that Fox was co-sponsoring with the Nevada Democrats, which was later cancelled.
Not mentioned by Hillary and Co. are the supposed Fox News ‘issues’ the Dems who have dropped out of the debate are citing as their primary reason for dropping out of the debate. Also not mentioned: the fact that Moron.org who, along with other Nutroots groups, launched a campaign to get Dems to drop out of Fox hosted debates, now officially wears the pants in the Democratic party.