Those who don’t support Newt often point to his challenge to seven Lincoln/Douglas style debates, should Newt be the GOP nominee and note that Obama would never agree to that.
Hey, it’s a fair point. The last thing Obama wants to do is debate Newt Gingrich.
That said, does it matter? This election, no matter who Obama faces in November, is going to be about Obama’s record. Plain and simple. And these debates don’t necessarily have to happen for them to impact the race. If Obama goes on the record refusing to debate Newt Gingrich, who comes out looking better? The one asking Obama to defend his record, or the one who can’t defend his record?
It’s obvious Obama will “agree to the standard three debates” in formats established by past precedent. He will say that is enough, that it’s worked in the past, yada, yada, yada. But, if Newt wins the GOP nomination, you can bet that his performance in the debates will have had something (if not a lot) to do with it. If Obama were at all confident in his positions, and was able to defend his record and pat himself on the back for his accomplishments, these debates would be easy for him. Obama, you recall, was supposed to be a great communicator. If Mr. Harvard University can’t face Mr. West Georgia College, what does that say about him?
Newt’s debate challenge has been a prominent theme of his campaign, and it won’t go away the first time Obama cowers into the corner refusing. The big question will be “Obama doesn’t want to debate, why not?”
We know why not. That’s why we need Newt as the nominee. He’s the candidate who has best been able to articulate just how bad Obama has been for the country. If he spent even an hour debating Obama, Obama would probably be convinced that his tenure has been a disaster.