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Plouffe taps Rahm Emanuel to negotiate three presidential, one vice president debate with McCain and debate commission. Letter text.

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Obama campaign manager David Plouffe on Saturday tapped close Obama friend Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to negotiate debate details with the McCain team and the
Commission on Presidential Debates. The bi-partisan commission has had debates on the drawing board for quite some time. While there is nothing to preclude the campaigns from having more, sponsored by others, Plouffe in his letter said that was unlikely.

Emanuel, said Plouffe, will "review the specifics of the Commission's proposal, discuss any requested changes to that proposal, and resolve any issues left open by the Commission's framework. .....Due to the late date of the two parties' nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four Commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign."

The debates are Sept. 26 at the University of Mississippi at Oxford; Oct. 7 at Belmont University at Nashville and Oct. 15 at Hofstra University at Hempstead, N.Y. There is a vice presidential debate Oct. 2 at Washington University in St. Louis.


From the Obama campaign....

Below and attached is a letter from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe to the Commission on Presidential Debates, accepting their framework for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. The letter also announces that Senator Obama has chosen Congressman Rahm Emanuel as his representative to meet with the commission and the McCain campaign on further details.

August 2, 2008

Mr. Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.

Mr. Paul G. Kirk, Jr.

Commission on Presidential Debates

1200 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.

Suite 445

Washington, D.C. 20036

Dear Chairmen Kirk and Fahrenkopf:

I am writing on behalf of Senator Obama to accept the Commission on Presidential Debates' framework for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate to be held in September and October. Senator Obama has designated Congressman Rahm Emanuel as our representative to meet with the Commission and the McCain campaign to review the specifics of the Commission's proposal, discuss any requested changes to that proposal, and resolve any issues left open by the Commission's framework. We will make our representative available at the earliest convenience of the Commission and the McCain campaign.

Due to the late date of the two parties' nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four Commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign. Consequently, we believe that finalizing the arrangements for these debates with promptness and certainty is in the interests of both campaigns and the American people.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

David Plouffe

Campaign Manager

4 Comments

I would hope that in addition to the formal debates both candidtates have agreed to attend that Senator Obama agree to participate in Town Hall meetings with Senator McCain.

They would be helpful to the voting public and would be much more informative than debates have been in the past.

Senator mcCain is willing and I can not understand why Senator Obama is ducking them.

I pray that Senator Obama does not pick Evan Bayh as a running mate. As Governor of Indiana, Bayh perpetuated constitutional and civil rights violations in the following cases then crushed all attempts to publicize them. ( Including local TV stations 6,8,13 & 59, as well as the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Recorder ) State of Indiana v. Edwin L. Jones, # 49G069001CF007921, Edwin L. Jones v. Indianapolis Police Department et al, U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, # Misc 90-134, Edwin L. Jones v. Indianapolis Police Department, et al, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, # 91-1594, . Edwin L. Jones v. Indianapolis Police Department, U.S. Supreme Court, # 91-7923. Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission Complaint against Attorney Ali Talib filed 9-18-92. I am already feeling heat for these blogs.

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I would like to see Obama and McCain go head-to-head in Town Hall debates but it will never happen because Obama knows that he is all style and has little substance and therefore McCain would eat him up.

"Be present, discover your radiance."

But, then Obama speaks and "The nature of the Absolute is neither perceptible nor imperceptible"; it has become the burden of light, a journey to draw the shades, to cover his eyes, to be glad that nothing is real and no one will notice.

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