Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ole Miss: "We've put massive amounts of money into this"

Officials at Ole Miss are, well, apoplectic over John McCain's call to delay Friday's debate. Andrew Mullins, executive assistant to Chancellor Robert C. Khayat, just told me the school had no advance notice from the campaign, and said he learned about the proposal from CNN.

"The [Commission on Presidential Debates] said keep working like it's going to occur," Mullins said. "We’ve put massive amounts of money into this thing. We've been preparing for six months."

The school is reportedly spending $5 million on the debate, which already had its topic switched from domestic policy to foreign policy. When I asked Mullins if he'd rather the debate stay scheduled for Friday, he responded: "That’s an understatement, Colby. Good Lord."

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