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.
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