The Morning Read: August 29, 2006

Eliot Spitzer’s spokeswoman explains why skipping yesterday’s debate in Buffalo is no big deal.

A Spitzer spokeswoman pointed out that the four exchanges Spitzer has agreed to participate in — two before the Democratic primary and two before the general election, if he wins the primary — are four times as many as George E. Pataki and H. Carl McCall had four years ago during their campaigns for governor and more than in any recent race for governor.

Hillary Clinton gets ready to skip her one and only debate with Jonathan Tasini.

With two weeks left until the primary, Clinton’s campaign has stonewalled all questions about debating rival Jonathan Tasini with the mantra: “We’ll see how the campaign develops.”

And Mark Green defends his comparison campaign.

“If Democratic candidates can’t comment on and criticize an opponent’s public record based on public documents, why even have a primary?”

Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: August 29, 2006