Urbin Report

Sunday, August 03, 2008

What is Obama afraid of? Part II

Barak Obama once said that he would debate Senator John McCain 'any time, any place'.

That was clearly a lie. Obama has backed away from multiple Town Hall debates with Senator John McCain.

Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Saturday backed away from rival John McCain's challenge for a series of joint appearances, agreeing only to the standard three debates in the fall.

In May, when a McCain adviser proposed a series of pre-convention appearances at town hall meetings, Obama said, "I think that's a great idea." In summer stumping on the campaign trail, McCain has often noted that Obama had not followed through and joined him in any events.

Obama's reversal on town hall debates is part of a play-it-safe strategy he's adopted since claiming the nomination and grabbing a lead in national polls. Advisers to the Illinois senator, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss strategy, say Obama is reluctant to take chances or give McCain a high-profile stage now that Obama's the front-runner.


Well, Obama is no longer a 'front runner.' Why is he afraid to debate John McCain.