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Sunday, April 27, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

As the argument over whether we should be counting popular votes or pledged delegate, let me suggest yet another metric: number of candidates clamoring for more debates (via the AP): Obama says no debates with Clinton between now and Indiana

On Saturday, Clinton said she wants Obama to face off with her in a debate without a moderator, Lincoln-Douglas style.

“I’m not ducking. We’ve had 21″ debates, Obama said on “Fox News Sunday.”

While I have not gathered the data, I am willing to state that candidates only request more debates if they think that they are losing. Hence, by the Debate Metric, I’d say that Clinton is the loser for the nomination, so we can quit now.

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  1. I agree, losers debate winners address their constituents. there is no reason to engage Clinton once again. We are tired of canned rhetoric anyway. You always know when her answers are rehearsed because when a question comes up she doesn’t anticipate every other word out of her mouth is UUUMMMMMM !
    Besides, we are tired of her pretending to be Blue Collar when her tax return says $109,000,000 in earnings. Give me a break.

    Comment by Xcalibar — Sunday, April 27, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  2. They are in a dead heat in Indiana, Obama REALLY wants Clinton to go away, if he’s up to it, debating her could solve a lot of his problems and allow him to spend his cash campaigning against McCain instead of Clinton.

    Comment by Totoro — Sunday, April 27, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

  3. [...] would like to associate myself with Steven Taylor’s Debate-Metric [...]

    Pingback by The Art of the Possible » Blog Archive » Wussy Like a Fox? — Sunday, April 27, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

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