Romney could skip future debates

Alex Pappas | Political Reporter

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York reports that Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign “has not yet accepted invitations to participate in two high-profile debates leading up to the January 31 Florida primary.”

“There are too many of these,” Romney strategist Stuart Stevens said after Monday night’s Fox News debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  “We have to bring some order to it.  We haven’t accepted Florida…It’s kind of like a cruise that’s gone on too long.”

Romney will participate in the next South Carolina debate, Thursday night in Charleston. Asked by email about the candidate’s debate schedule after that, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, “I have no announcements to make on debates at this time.”

York also reports that Romney’s campaign also “expressed lingering irritation” at the recent ABC News debate, where George Stephanopoulos infamously questioned Romney’s position on whether states should ben contraception.

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