Rom­ney cam­paign says he will skip de­bate

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

The Mitt Rom­ney cam­paign an­nounced Mon­day that the for­mer Mas­sachusetts gov­er­nor has de­cided not to par­tic­i­pate in the planned Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate sched­uled for newt week, on March 19 in Port­land, Ore.

Ac­cord­ing to the Oregonian news­pa­per, the front-run­ner’s decision could lead to the can­cel­la­tion of the de­bate, which is to be co-spon­sored by The Washington Times.

“Gov­er­nor Rom­ney will not be par­tic­i­pat­ing since he will be in Illi­nois for its March 20 pri­mary,” spokes­woman An­drea Saul said in a state­ment. “We look for­ward to cam­paign­ing in Ore­gon be­fore the May 15 pri­mary.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Oregonian, Ore­gon Re­pub­li­can Chair­man Allen Al­ley said last week that it was pos­si­ble spon­sors would try to pro­ceed just with the other three re­main­ing GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates.

The other spon­sors of the de­bate, which was to be na­tion­ally tele­vised, are the Ore­gon Re­pub­li­can Party and Ore­gon Public Broad­cast­ing.

“We have to re­view this de­vel­op­ment with our part­ners be­fore mak­ing any com­ment,” said Greg Leo, chief of staff of the Ore­gon Re­pub­li­can Party told the Oregonian.

The Re­pub­li­can can­di­dates have par­tic­i­pated in 20 de­bates, but since a Feb. 22 face­off in Ari­zona, a Cnnspon­sored de­bate in Ge­or­gia and a Politico-spon­sored de­bate in Cal­i­for­nia have been scratched. to merge two public uni­ver­si­ties, Rut­gers and Rowan. He is a law stu­dent at the Rut­gers-cam­den cam­pus who op­poses the merger.

Thurs­day’s ex­change ended with Mr. Christie be­rat­ing the Mount Lau­rel man, who had interrupted the gov­er­nor sev­eral times be­fore be­ing es­corted from the event. The gov­er­nor said: “Let me tell you some­thing, af­ter you grad­u­ate from law school, you con­duct your­self like that in a court­room, your rear end’s go­ing to be thrown in jail, idiot.

“I al­lowed him to talk for two, twoand-a-half min­utes to lay out his po­si­tion. I sat there and tried to an­swer. Ev­ery time I tried to an­swer, he yelled and started to in­ter­rupt. He did it four dif­fer­ent times,” Mr. Christie said Mon­day. “If you want to get into with me, I’m happy to get into it with you. But if you give it, you’re go­ing to get it back.”

Mr. Christie said he’s will­ing to en­ter­tain di­ver­gent view­points but in­sists on re­spect. He said Mr. Brown went to the town hall event with a po­lit­i­cal agenda “to try to make me look bad.”

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