No cameras allowed at debate

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COLUMBIA --- U.S. Rep. John Spratt will debate Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday, but the only people who will get to see any of it have already bought tickets to the sold-out dinner at a Lions Club.

Rep. John Spratt's campaign said it doesn't want the debate recorded because his opponents could take clips out of context.  File/Associated Press
File/Associated Press
Rep. John Spratt's campaign said it doesn't want the debate recorded because his opponents could take clips out of context.

Reporters will be allowed, but Spratt's campaign asked for no audio or video recording of the debate between the candidates. Mulvaney's campaign protested the request when agreeing to the debate, then sent out a news release Monday slamming Spratt. It said "in this country, we have open debates."

It's the latest indication that Republicans see a good chance to knock off Spratt, the longest-serving congressman in the South Carolina delegation and chairman of the House's budget-writing committee.

Spratt has fought off challengers before, but tea party anger combined with his link to the economic policies of Democratic leaders could make this Spratt's toughest fight yet.

Spratt's campaign said it doesn't want the debate recorded because his opponents could take clips out of context.

Reporters with ink and paper will be allowed in the debate, and Spratt and Mulvaney will meet with television reporters and others after the event. Also, Brown said Spratt plans to be at a televised debate in October, although when and where that meeting will happen hasn't been determined.

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bettyboop
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bettyboop 09/07/10 - 08:36 am
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Running scared...............

Running scared...............

billoftt
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billoftt 09/07/10 - 01:31 pm
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Public debates that are not

Public debates that are not allowed to be broadcast to the public... Scary indeed.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/07/10 - 03:11 pm
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I'm with betty and bill what

I'm with betty and bill what is the reason for no audio or video?? They might be scared they will choke like the governor of Arizona did last week.

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dstewartsr 09/07/10 - 08:25 pm
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I suspect it is because they

I suspect it is because they fear the voters will discover there is not a dime's worth of difference between them. Otherwise, the Republican candidate would refuse to debate under those conditions as a matter of principle.

disssman
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disssman 09/08/10 - 06:38 am
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Isn't there a way to

Isn't there a way to trademark the debate and refuse its partial release without approval of both candidates? That way it could be televised, but could not be taken apart for political gamesmanship. I question the refusal, but given the amount of dis-information by both sides in political ads, Sprat does make a point.

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