The “presumptive” Republican Presidential nominee, that’s who. And the man he promised the VP slot to in return for quitting the race.
“How can we expect these no-show candidates to take on Osama Bin Laden and other world leaders when they’re afraid to show up and answer questions from Phyllis Schlafly?” asked Rabbi Aryeh Spero of the Jewish Action Alliance, and Values Voter debate panelist. Rick Scarborough, President of Vision America, and Values Voter Debate Committee member added, “If you care about our votes, you need to care about our values enough to show up.”
Who is Phyllis Schlafly? Read this.
The four Republicans who didn’t show up for this debate are all part of the “Echo” crowd… John McCain, his two stalking horses (Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani), and his preferred VP choice (Mitt Romney).
McCain turned down a Values Voter Debate not once, but twice… on September 17th, 2007 and again on March 3, 2008, the day before the primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I wasn’t paying attention to the Republican primary until late December 2007. I didn’t find out about the September 2007 Values Voter Debate until the beginning of March 2008. Here is a brief clip from that debate, showing Phyllis Shlafly asking a question and Mike Huckabee’s response. Unfortunately, the debate moderator’s microphone was on and you hear his background conversation during Mike Huckabee’s response…it’s a bit distracting, but the video is still worth watching.