GOP YouTube Debate: Team Romney Calls Average Americans Cartoons

Katherine Seelye notes that Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani intend to skip the September 17 YouTube debate:

Earlier yesterday, it seemed that the candidates were fleeing the unconventional format, in which the public asks questions via video. Mr. Romney told The Union Leader in Manchester, N.H., that it could be demeaning for presidential candidates to “answer questions from a snowman,” a reference to a video question that was presented to the Democratic presidential candidates in their YouTube debate on Monday … Mr. Madden said the Romney campaign’s decision not to participate was “not a question of format, it’s a question of our travel schedule.” Still, Mr. Madden said, “a lot of Americans would wonder whether we should be answering questions from a cartoon.”

Mr. Madden’s choice of words will cause at least some embarrassment for Mitt the Twit. Yes, I despise the two-faced campaign being put on by Mr. Romney but not nearly as much as the campaign being put on by Rudy Giuliani. His latest to call Democrats a party of losers.

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani called Democrats “the party of losers” for demanding a scheduled pullout of American troops from Iraq.

Thank goodness for Joe Biden:

Tough talk and cheap shots won’t make America any safer…. It is absurd for Rudy Giuliani to call Democrats ‘losers’ after five years of failed Republican policies in Iraq…. Giuliani and the rest of the Republican candidates continue to cling to this Administration’s failed policy that a strong central government can be propped up in Iraq. If these are the positions he wants to defend, I invite him to debate me on these important topics.”

Giuliani will likely decline this invitation for reasons similar to those for ducking the YouTube debate as explained by Katherine Seelye:

Matt Lewis, who is director of operations at, a conservative Web site, and who was not part of the petition, said Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Romney had the most to lose. I’m sure their advisers are telling them that a lot of bad things could happen in a YouTube debate,” Mr. Lewis said. “When you’re the front-runner, you don’t think so much about how you can win but how you can avoid losing.”

In a YouTube debate, Rudy might have to field a question from someone who is not about to tolerate his parade of lies. Or worse yet, Rudy might have to field a question from a NYC fireman.

Update: AB reader brings us the snowman that scares Mitt Romney. While Sammy was trying to defend Mitt the Twit, let’s thank him because this rather funny YouTube question was about Global Warming. Yes – that important policy issue on which much of the GOP leadership has just flat lied to the American people. A little humor from a citizen scares Romney – while brazen dishonesty from the leaders of his own party is AOK. I get it.