Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passover, Clinton doesn't

Can someone explain this?  Why would Barack Obama agree to debate on the first night of a Jewish holiday when religious Jews, like myself, will not have a single television set on in the house?

CBS should truly be ashamed of themselves.  I just saw this from the New York Times:

When two more Democratic debates were announced this month, both Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama quickly accepted the invitation to meet in Pennsylvania on April 16.

But Mrs. Clinton, unlike Mr. Obama, has not yet agreed to participate in a North Carolina debate on April 19.

That debate, sponsored by CBS News, would be the first opportunity for Katie Couric to perform hosting duties. And if it happens, it will highlight the importance of North Carolina, whose primary will be held May 6. Mr. Obama is favored to win there.

Phil Singer, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, hedged when asked about the debate in a conference call with reporters Friday, blaming a "scheduling conflict" and promising an answer in "a couple of weeks."

Hmm.  I need to check a calendar real quick.  (Goes to look up calendar...)  No, that date's not good.  It's the first night of Pesach (that's Passover to all you Gentiles out there).

Media Bistro:

TVNewser is hearing one of the reasons Sen. Hillary Clinton may not accept CBS's invitation to the North Carolina debate is because it's planned for April 19, the first night of Passover. Political insiders tell us it could also be tactical: that agreeing to a North Carolina debate would de-emphasize the importance of Pennsylvania, just three days before PA voters go to the polls. Which is exactly why Sen. Obama did agree to it, figures the insider.
There is an ABC debate scheduled on April 16, moderated by Charlie Gibson, in Philadelphia.

Tags: 2008, Barack Obama, CBS, Debate, Hillary Clinton, presidential debates (all tags)

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Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

so are you saying that during passover no media should report or do ANYTHING whats so ever?

or nothing you consider important?

I mean I guess I don't understand the point of this diary

by TruthMatters 2008-03-24 08:53AM | 0 recs
Re: not only

Does a debate on the first night of Passover seem assinine but why have the NC debate only a few days after the PA one?

Who scheduled these, Obama himself? Hillary should ask CBS to move their NC debate to after the April 22 PA primary so that the focus can be entirely on NC and so that Jewish Americans can watch.

by americanincanada 2008-03-24 08:55AM | 0 recs
They probably wouldn't have one on Easter n/t

by techfidel 2008-03-24 09:00AM | 0 recs
Damn right they wouldn't.

And I'll bet if they did, all the talking heads would be exploding on TV about it.  How DARE they practice politics on a HOLIDAY!

Fucking goyim.

by Angry Mouse 2008-03-24 09:19AM | 0 recs
re

Maybe Hillary doesn't want to sit their while Katie asks sophomoric questions and gushes over Barack

by rossinatl 2008-03-24 08:56AM | 0 recs
Re: re

Actually Katie is pretty fair. Much more fair than any of the other networks.

by MediaFreeze 2008-03-24 09:38AM | 0 recs
Oh, puleeze!

Katie is a twit.  A fawning twit.

by Tolstoy 2008-03-24 09:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

Are we really running out of things to criticize Obama about?

by mefck 2008-03-24 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

Do you really not see the point of this?

Do you really think we need to have these two debates THREE DAYS APART?!

Oh, I forgot, Obama rules apply.

by americanincanada 2008-03-24 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

ah, if the run up to the last 2 debates means anything

I am pretty sure Hillary felt that each state should have their own debate so the people can hear the issues.

otherwise why was she attacking Obama for not debating in WI when she knew they were going to debate a week later in Tx.

so I thought then that the time between debates wasn't important only the location.

and its stupid to have ANY more debates, they don't talk issues, they talk talking points and the moderators ask stupid questions that are useless.

but if Obama turns it down its Wisconsin all over again isnt it. so he just said yes, they wanted to host it on 4/19 then thats when they are hosting it

by TruthMatters 2008-03-24 09:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

As a Jewish voter, I would be unable to watch a debate on the first night of Passover.

by kydem 2008-03-24 09:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo
Debating on the first night of Passover is EXTREMELY insulting to observant Jews. Think Christmas Eve if you're wondering why.
by ColoradoGuy 2008-03-24 09:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

indeed and and they no one better give interviews or anything else either since they wont be watching

in fact nothing should air on TV.

when what everyone could admit its that 1 the debates are re aired and they can be recorded to watch after passover.

and to turn this into about passover when the quotes in this diary obviously show its a debate about de-emphasizing PA?

sigh....

by TruthMatters 2008-03-24 09:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

wait is this diary about Hillary using passover as an excuse because she doesnt want to debate in NC before the PA votes because it "would de-emphasize the importance of Pennsylvania"

in that case yes I think using a religious Holiday as cover for a political tactical move is pretty shameless, and she should have just came out and said I will debate in NC but not before PA goes to the polls.

by TruthMatters 2008-03-24 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

And I am sick to death of Obama using his base, the media, to try and devalue primaries.

The NC debate should not have been scheduled before the PA primary. it is stupid on it's face.

by americanincanada 2008-03-24 09:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

Yeah, continue trying to blame it all on the media.  

by Brillobreaks 2008-03-24 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

HRC, from what I know, did not agree to this date because it is the first night of Passover and would prevent Jewish voters from being able to watch the debate.

It's moreso about CBS and Obama not checking the calendar!

But they should hold off on the NC debate until after PA votes.

by kydem 2008-03-24 09:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night of Passo

actually YOUR very on diary makes it sound like they are BOTH playing politics (Obama wants to de-emphasize the importance of Pennsylvania, Hillary wants to protect it)

and Hillary is using Passover as cover.

I refer you to that 2nd block quote you posted.

so it doesnt really sound like Hillary cares, whether or not its on passover she doesn't want PA being de-emphasized.

by TruthMatters 2008-03-24 09:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on

Passover or no passover, they should not hold the North Carolina debate until after the Pennsylvania Primary.  THey have two weeks in between.

by DaveOinSF 2008-03-24 09:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama agrees to debate on first night

The attack well is truly running dry.

by rfahey22 2008-03-24 09:18AM | 0 recs
I'm not Jewish, but...

before the Obama supporters here make more insensitive statements that may come to regret, could someone who knows about Passover, please explain to everyone why the first night of Passover is a particularly offensive time to schedule a debate.

by MediaFreeze 2008-03-24 09:42AM | 0 recs
Re: I'm not Jewish, but...

The first, second, seventh and eighth days of Pesach are considered holy days.

Here's basic background on the holiday: http://www.jewfaq.org/holidaya.htm

Pesach is a major Jewish holiday, on the same level as Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Shavuos.

by kydem 2008-03-24 09:49AM | 0 recs

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