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Hillary Wants To Debate On Fox?

Ben Smith:

Penn said Clinton would like to see debates in Ohio, Texas, and Washington, and had already accepted three: One on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous, one CNN debate in Ohio February 27, and an MSNBC debate the next day in Houston moderated by Brian Williams and Tim Russert.*
Wolfson also said Clinton has accepted a debate on Fox News, something Democrats shunned last year. That debate is scheduled for February 11, in Washington D.C., and would also air on the local Fox affiliate.
He defended the decision to accept a first Fox debate in response to a question from the blogger Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake, noting that both Obama and Clinton have given Fox interviews this cycle, and that this would reach a lot of voters in D.C. and Virginia.
“Given that Senator Obama had been on the network, we’ve been on the network, and that the offer is a good one for this debate in terms of this upcoming primary, it made sense to accept it,” he said.

And Kos is not happy:

Apparently having realized they’ve lost the netroots and not giving a damn anymore, the Hillary campaign has decided they want to legitimize the right-wing propagandists on Fox News after all.  […]
Obama should say “no way” to the smear mongers on Fox. It’s incomprehensible that Clinton would seek to legitimize the Republican Party’s chief propaganda arm.

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