As already mentioned here at B4B, Romney may chicken out of the CNN/YouTube debate in September. Giuliani has already jumped ship.
Patrick Ruffini and other bloggers have joined together to pen a petition. And I, for one, think this is well worth signing.
Here’s an excerpt:
To: Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, and Tommy Thompson
We’ve read the news reports that only two of your fellow candidates have agreed to attend the Republican Party of Florida/YouTube debate, and there are major candidates considering snubbing the event.
As Republicans, we believe this is a serious mistake. Every Democratic candidate eagerly accepted the opportunity to answer questions from the American people via YouTube, even Hillary Clinton, the most cautious and calculating of the bunch.
Attend the YouTube debate, and you may get a tough question or two. Don’t attend, and millions of Americans will wonder if you were too afraid to answer questions from the Internet, just as Democrats were afraid to go on Fox News. None of you could have gotten to where you are now without showing real political courage. Is that really how you’d like to be known?
I couldn’t agree more. We need more debates, not fewer. Well done, Patrick.