John Sexton @ Big Government:
One question that did not come up in Monday’s foreign policy debate was the President’s use of drones to target specific individuals, including American citizens, for death – aka, the president’s “kill list.” When asked about it in the spin room of the Hofstra debate last Tuesday, three different Obama surrogates–Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chuck Schumer and Robert Gibbs–literally walked away from the question.
We Are Change is a left wing group which seems to have held on to two powerful strains of Bush-era progressive discontent: 9/11 trutherism and concern over diminished civil liberties during the war on terror. Under Obama, the latter concern translates into a focus on the indefinite detention of Gitmo detainees and the President’s so-called kill list.
Members of We Are Change got into the spin room after the 2nd debate and asked a few Obama surrogates to address these questions. As you’ll see, the surrogates literally walked away from the questions. First up is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who claims she has “no idea” what the question is about before walking away. Perhaps she missed this front pageNY Times story.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFh0nIYNAyY[/youtube]
Robert Gibbs also walked away from the question, though he continued to talk with another reporter:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MwB2znBZ1g[/youtube]
Finally, Senator Chuck Schumer was asked about indefinite detention and walked away saying, “I’m not going to answer a question that’s so journalistically biased.”