Strike Fears Wipe Out Democrats’ Planned Dec. 10 Debate on CBS

Nov 28, 2007  •  Post A Comment

It’s official: The Democrats are cancelling their Dec. 10 presidential debate on CBS due to the Writers Guild of America dispute with CBS News.
The Democratic National Committee made the official announcement Wednesday.
“Due to the uncertainty created by the ongoing labor dispute between CBS and the Writers Guild of America, the DNC has canceled the Dec. 10 debate in Los Angeles. There are no plans to reschedule,” said DNC Communications Director Karen Finney.
Most if not all of the Democratic candidates had already said they planned to boycott the debate if the long-running labor dispute wasn’t resolved, so the announcement came as no surprise. However, the cancellation was still a setback to CBS News.
CBS News anchor Katie Couric was scheduled to moderate the debate.
CBS News said in a statement that it regrets not being able to offer the Democratic debate.
“The possibility of picket lines set up by the Writers Guild of America and the unwillingness of many candidates to cross them made it necessary to allow the candidates to make other plans,” CBS News said in a statement.

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