So they can rip Obama's supposed job plan in prime time.
President Obama decided to come before a joint session of Congress to talk about his job plan and just by coincidense, he has scheduled it at the same time as the GOP presidential contenders are supposed to have a debate.
From Fox News: A Reagan Library official, speaking to Fox News, says there is no official reaction yet from the organizers of the debate, but the event has been on the schedule for months. The Reagan Library is expected to issue a statement shortly. Politico, which is co-sponsoring the debate with NBC News, said the debate would not be postponed.
Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe didn't buy the White House explanation. "No, that's not just coincidental," the Oklahoma senator told Fox News Radio, suggesting mischief was afoot. "Why else would he choose 8 o'clock on Wednesday?"
However, by scheduling the speech on the same night, the president runs the risk of becoming even more of a punching bag should the debate sponsors push back the time. Republican candidates would have an immediate opportunity to rebut the president's speech on live TV.
"Potentially, it will backfire," said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "Obama's elevated this debate to a face-off with him rather than a face-off with the Republican candidates."
Andrea Saul, spokeswoman for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, said in a statement that viewers will have a choice between "Republican candidates talking about the future of America, or Barack Obama talking about the future of his presidency."
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/31/obama-steps-on-gop-debate-with-jobs-speech/#ixzz1WembigGn
Well, the GOP presidential candidates ought to move the debate to right after the GOP gives it response and the GOP presidential candidates will have a chance to analyze what Obama says and point out where Obama is wrong. If you want to energize the GOP base and capture independent votes, this is like debating Obama without Obama being present and unable to respond.
So, to the GOP, this presents a great opportunity to show how out of touch Obama by debating him and supposed jobs bill without Obama having the ability to respond.
Update: Obama has decided to change his speech date to Sept. 8th. Once again, the GOP screws things up. While Obama will look weak by bowing to the GOP, he now has the advantage of criticizing the GOP plans that are put forth in the debate and in Congress.
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