Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, said today that the Nevada State Democrat Partyâ€™s decision to pull out of a scheduled presidential debate co-hosted by Fox News is â€œactually a strategic redeployment, not a cut-and-run retreat.â€
â€œThereâ€™s no reason to put our brave Democrat presidential candidates in harmâ€™s way,â€ Sen. Reid said. â€œWe were lured into this debate due to faulty intelligence, and the prudent thing to do is redeploy.â€
The majority leader who initially backed the Fox News debate, said he began to question the intelligence that drew him to support the contest when he read the following joke made by Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes at an industry awards ceremony:
â€œAnd it is true that Barack Obama is on the move. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true that President Bush called Musharraf and said, â€˜Why canâ€™t we catch this guy?â€™
Sen. Reid said, â€œI cannot condone mocking the intelligence of a sitting president in time of war.â€
The Democrat presidential hopefuls will redeploy to a casino on the Las Vegas strip for a non-partisan debate co-hosted by MoveOn.org and The New York Times.