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02 August 2008

Obama Camp Accepts Fall Presidential Debate Schedule

David Plouffe, campaign manager for the Barack Obama presidential campaign, sent the following letter to the head of the Commission on Presidential Debates accepting the framework for the three fall debates between Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain.

The Obama camp designated U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D - Illinois) as their authorized representative to meet with the commission and the McCain campaign on ironing out the details of the debates tentatively scheduled for September 26th, October 7th and October 15th.

A debate between the vice presidential candidates is scheduled for October 2nd.

Below is the full text of the David Plouffe letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates:

August 2, 2008

Mr. Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.
Mr. Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Commission on Presidential Debates
1200 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Suite 445
Washington, D.C. 20036

Dear Chairmen Kirk and Fahrenkopf:

I am writing on behalf of Senator Obama to accept the Commission on Presidential Debates' framework for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate to be held in September and October. Senator Obama has designated Congressman Rahm Emanuel as our representative to meet with the Commission and the McCain campaign to review the specifics of the Commission's proposal, discuss any requested changes to that proposal, and resolve any issues left open by the Commission's framework. We will make our representative available at the earliest convenience of the Commission and the McCain campaign.

Due to the late date of the two parties' nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four Commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign. Consequently, we believe that finalizing the arrangements for these debates with promptness and certainty is in the interests of both campaigns and the American people.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager