The Politico’s Ben Smith blogs about Clinton strategist Mark Penn saying that the Senator from New York has agreed to appear to a debate with Barack Obama on FNC. But will Obama agree to a debate?
Penn said Clinton would like to see debates in Ohio, Texas, and Washington, and had already accepted three: One on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous, one CNN debate in Ohio February 27, and an MSNBC debate the next day hosted by Chris Matthews.
Wolfson also said Clinton has accepted a debate on Fox News, something Democrats shunned last year. That debate is scheduled for February 11, in Washington D.C., and would also air on the local Fox affiliate.
He defended the decision to accept a first Fox debate in response to a question from the blogger Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake, noting that both Obama and Clinton have given Fox interviews this cycle, and that this would reach a lot of voters in D.C. and Virginia.
“Given that Senator Obama had been on the network, we’ve been on the network, and that the offer is a good one for this debate in terms of this upcoming primary, it made sense to accept it,” he said.
Update: The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein has Obama camp reaction…
Bill Burton, a spokesman for Obama, said that no plans existed as of now for his boss to participate in upcoming forums.
“As of right now, there are no debates on our schedule at all,” Burton told the Huffington Post. “We’ll figure out our schedule, including any debates, soon.”