They were conspicuous by their absence at the Republican presidential hopefuls debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
The four no-shows — former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Sen. Fred Thompson, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — cited scheduling conflicts when saying they could not attend the debate at the historically black school.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is considering joining the race for the GOP nomination, called the decision to avoid the event an "enormous error" and "fundamentally wrong," and said the scheduling excuses were "baloney."Ken Mehlman, a former party chairman, had urged the candidates to reconsider. And former vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp had said their decisions make it seem as though Republicans do not want black votes.
Newt and Jack are again right on target. The failure of the "big four" GOP hopefuls to show up is a disgrace to our party and an affront to all voters. It's another example of how many modern Republicans are the real RINO's because they reject our party's rich heritage at being at the forefront of advocating equal rights under law.
Shame on them. Shame.