Clinton and Edwards will miss a debate, if necessary, to honor the Hollywood writers strike.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three of the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination said Wednesday that they would not participate in a Democratic National Committee sanctioned debate next month if workers for CBS go on strike.
CBS is the broadcast partner for this final DNC debate, and the network’s news writers are threatening to walk out unless an agreement on a contract can be reached. Sen. Hillary Clinton, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and former Sen. John Edwards said they will not cross the picket line.
“The workers at CBS News have been without a contract for close to two and a half years,” Clinton said in a statement. “It is my hope that both sides will reach an agreement that results in a secure contract for the workers at CBS News but let me be clear: ‘I will honor the picket line if the workers at CBS News decide to strike.’”
Edwards expressed a similar sentiment on the eve of Thanksgiving saying he will “honor any picket lines at CBS News, up to and including the CBS presidential debate.”
He also announced that he and his wife, Elizabeth, will cancel a scheduled appearance the ABC daytime talk show, “The View” as a direct result of the current strike by the Writer’s Guild of Amerca.
The debate is scheduled to be held December 10 in Los Angeles, California. CBS news writers authorized their union leaders Thursday to commence a national strike if a contract could not be negotiated.
- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai