The Brody File has been told by Fred Thompson's campaign that he will NOT debate Mike Huckabee one on one. Huckabee had issued the debate challenge last week. Here's what Thompson's Communication Director Todd Harris just told me:
“We have the greatest respect for Gov. Huckabee and respect his desire to elevate the discourse in this campaign. But there are nine people running for the GOP nomination and an arbitrary pairing of just two of them does a disservice to the voters. We will push hard for Lincoln-Douglas style debates once we get into the General Election, when there are only two candidates running.”
The guy doesn’t mean what he says.
Update- Here's the comment I posted on Huckabee's website:
If Sen. Thompson is concerned about "disserving the voters" why can't he as Gov. Huckabee has suggested get the ball rolling and lead with the Governor with these debates.
Do you think the other candidates will just watch and stand on the sidelines.. No. They will also organize one on one debates and then eventually everyone will be able to debate each other one on one.
Sen. Thompson said he is looking forward to an one on one debate when it down to two candidates in the general election.. DUH! Isn't that how it would be anyways??
We need to narrow down the 9 or 10 candidates that are up there now. The path Gov. Huckabee suggested is the only way we can choose the best qualified nominee on the republican side.
Sen. Thompson should follow his own rhetoric. You can't say you didn't participate in the debates because you don't like the format and then not debate in a format you do like.
Update: Fred Flip-Flops on Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Great observation by Alex at IheartHuckabee.