DailyKos has the fax that was sent to FNC announcing that the Nevada State Democratic Party was dropping out of the August debate. The Fax blames it on Roger Ailes’ jokes from last night’s RTNDF Gala. Seems pretty thin to me to cancel a debate not because of something that occurred on FNC’s air, but because of something that was said at an Awards banquet…and by someone who wouldn’t even be directly participating in the debate itself. Add it all up and it looks to me like one giant cop out where the state party was looking for a way to get out and used this as the excuse.
March 9, 2007
Fox News Political Programs
400 N Capitol Street NW, Suite 550
Washington DC 20001
DELIVERED VIA FAX AND EMAIL
A month ago, the Nevada Democratic Party entered into a good faith agreement with FOX News to co-sponsor a presidential debate in August. This was done because the Nevada Democratic Party is reaching out to new voters and we strongly believe that a Democrat will not win Nevada unless we find new ways to talk to new people.
To say the least, this was not a popular decision. But it is one that the Democratic Party stood by. However, comments made last night by FOX News President Roger Ailes in reference to one of our presidential candidates went too far. We cannot, as good Democrats, put our party in a position to defend such comments.
In light of his comments, we have concluded that it is not possible to hold a Presidential debate that will focus on our candidates and are therefore canceling our August debate. We take no pleasure in this, but it is the only course of action.
Chairman, Nevada State Democratic Party
U.S. Senator (D-NV)