Barack Obama, in his first appearance on “FOX News Sunday,” says there will be no more debates before the two May 6 primaries despite repeated challenges from Hillary Clinton to meet him face-to-face.
Clinton challenged him again Saturday in Indiana, saying the two should meet for a one-on-one debate without moderators, Lincoln-Douglas-style.
That seems unlikely, given Obama’s response when posed the debate question by FOX News’ Chris Wallace.
The Illinois senator and Democratic front-runner spoke with Wallace Saturday in Marion, Ind., in an interview that will air Sunday, ending a 772-day silent treatment toward the talk show.
Asked why he was repeatedly “ducking” Clinton’s debate challenges before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, Obama said, as he has before, that he just wants to spend time with voters.
And less time dodging questions.
“I’m not ducking. We’ve had 21 (debates), and so what we’ve said is, with two weeks, two big states, we want to make sure we’re talking to as many folks possible on the ground taking questions from voters,” he said, so no debates.
“We’re not going to have debates between now and Indiana,” he said.
Wallace said that if Obama had won Pennsylvania he may not have accepted the FOX News Sunday invitation. But he said that once Obama met him for the interview, the Illinois senator was “friendly” and discussed several moderate-to-Republican viewpoints, making an apparent effort to broaden his appeal.
Sounds like he’s desperate for votes. But can we really believe what he says? Read what his Pastor said about him:
Mr. Wright, who has acted as Mr. Obama’s spiritual mentor and retired in February as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, said that he has never heard Mr. Obama repeat any of his controversial statements.
“Absolutely not,” Mr. Wright said. “I don’t talk to him about politics. And so he had a political event, he goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician. I continue to be a pastor who speaks to the people of God about the things of God.”
Mr. Obama publicly denounced Mr. Wright’s remarks, a reaction Mr. Wright said “went down very simply.”
“He’s a politician, I’m a pastor,” he said. “We speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor. But they’re two different worlds.”
He says what he has to say. In other words, he’ll lie like all the other politicians! He wants your vote and he’ll do just about anything to get them. Including repudiating anything that Rev. Wright said. Bush gets blasted for those he has associations with so it’s fair to blast Obama for his!
And what does Rev. Wright mean when he says “We speak to two different audiences.”? Aren’t both of them speaking to the American people? John and Jane Q. Public? Voters?
Or does he mean that Rev. Wright speaks to blacks while Obama speaks to the whites?