Top Tier Republicans No Shows at Debate
Just five Republican candidates - half the invited field - will take part in Thursday's presidential debate in Baltimore, event organizers said yesterday.
The four leading contenders, Rudolph W. Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, have each said they will not participate in the forum focusing on issues facing minority voters. Their absence has drawn the ire of Tavis Smiley, the talk-show host who is moderating and organizing the debate at Morgan State University; he said the candidates are making a mistake in not reaching out to black voters.(LINK)
Five candidates will be there: Rep. Duncan Hunter , Sen. Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Alan L. Keyes, and Rep. Ron Paul.
This speaks volumes about the Top Tier.