The Obama campaign released an interesting decision today:
[…] after this week, we will only be attending the five DNC debates through the sanctioning period of December 10, Univision, and the two Iowa debates previously mentioned. Candidate forums – where candidates appear sequentially will be considered, but we are unlikely to accept many of these.
The rationale is that there have been an excessive number of forums and debates scheduled and that if Senator Obama decided to attended these, he would not have the time to do the campaigning and direct interaction with voters that his campaign needs to win the election.
I think that the campaign has made a good decision here. I have been watched a few of the more recent debates and forums (CNN-YouTube, AFL-CIO, HRC/LOGO, as well as snippets of past ones), and the candidates messages are beginning to get rather redundant.
The eight more debates that Obama will be attending should be enough opportunity to get his message out over the media, as should it be for the rest of the candidate. In fact, I suspect that many of the candidates will follow suit. This rigid schedule of forums and debates is not something most of them want to follow and with Obama gone, they’ll have an excuse to decline.