Brave Sir Romney runs away… Update: Rick too?

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Brave Sir Romney runs away... Update: Rick too?

Guess who’s too busy for the next pres­i­den­tial debate:

GOP Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­date Mitt Rom­ney will skip a March 1 debate in Atlanta spon­sored by CNN and the Geor­gia Repub­li­can Party, CBS News/​National Jour­nal has learned.

With eight other states vot­ing on March 6th, we will be cam­paign­ing in other parts of the coun­try and unable to sched­ule the CNN Geor­gia debate,” Rom­ney spokes­woman Andrea Saul said. “We have par­tic­i­pated in 20 debates, includ­ing 8 from CNN.”

On a tac­ti­cal level it makes sense, use Newt and Paul attack San­to­rum and not be asso­ci­ated with “neg­a­tive” campaigning.

On a strate­gic level it is a cat­a­clysmic blun­der. It cre­ates the image of Rom­ney as afraid and/​or desperate.

Let me give Mitt Rom­ney the advice I once gave to Her­man Cain: HIRE JIM­MIE BISE. At least you will have one adviser who knows how this stuff looks to real people.

Mean­while while Rom­ney ducks San­to­rum engages:

Rick’s not afraid to go 12 min with Hotair. If I’m the Rom­ney Camp, i’d be very afraid

Update:
Appar­ently San­to­rum is now skip­ping the debate as well, the ques­tion is, did he decline before or after Rom­ney? If before the Rom­ney cri­tique can be justly applied, if after then it’s a smart counter to keep from attack but it gives Newt an open­ing and that might also not be a good move.

update 2: It’s the same story updated to reflect San­to­rum too, that sug­gest that the San­to­rum deci­sion came after the Rom­ney one

Guess who’s too busy for the next presidential debate:

GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will skip a March 1 debate in Atlanta sponsored by CNN and the Georgia Republican Party, CBS News/National Journal has learned.

“With eight other states voting on March 6th, we will be campaigning in other parts of the country and unable to schedule the CNN Georgia debate,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “We have participated in 20 debates, including 8 from CNN.”

On a tactical level it makes sense, use Newt and Paul attack Santorum and not be associated with “negative” campaigning.

On a strategic level it is a cataclysmic blunder. It creates the image of Romney as afraid and/or desperate.

Let me give Mitt Romney the advice I once gave to Herman Cain: HIRE JIMMIE BISE. At least you will have one adviser who knows how this stuff looks to real people.

Meanwhile while Romney ducks Santorum engages:

Rick’s not afraid to go 12 min with Hotair. If I’m the Romney Camp, i’d be very afraid

Update:
Apparently Santorum is now skipping the debate as well, the question is, did he decline before or after Romney? If before the Romney critique can be justly applied, if after then it’s a smart counter to keep from attack but it gives Newt an opening and that might also not be a good move.

update 2: It’s the same story updated to reflect Santorum too, that suggest that the Santorum decision came after the Romney one