Activist group lauds Obama for skipping Fox debate

An activist group lauded Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) Monday after his campaign announced that Obama, like fellow Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, would skip a debate sponsored by Fox News Channel and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has also declined to participate in the debate.

ColorOfChange.org, one of the minority activist groups leading the charge against the Fox-sponsored debates, applauded Obama, Edwards and the DNC for their decisions.

The group also called on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and other Democratic presidential candidates to do the same.

When the DNC announced last week it would sponsor six debates, the committee almost immediately added that a Fox-sponsored debate would not be among them, citing the news network’s conservative leaning.

However, the committee, Obama and Edwards say they are embracing a debate sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus.