That was then - June 2008: "Oh, we're definitely going to be doing some town hall debates," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told ABC "World News" anchor Charlie Gibson. Indicating he's not prepared to start debating McCain next week, as McCain's campaign had formally requested, Obama expressed interest in going head to head with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as soon as his campaign fully pivots toward the general election. "I look forward to, you know, having more than just the three traditional debates that we've seen in recent presidential contests," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Politics/story?id=4999288&page=1 This is now: "Due to the late date of the two parties' nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four Commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign. Consequently, we believe that finalizing the arrangements for these debates with promptness and certainty is in the interests of both campaigns and the American people." http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/08/plouffe_taps_rahm_emanuel_to_n.html Aren't the interests of the American people best served by seeing the actual candidates and hearing their own words in a live unscripted format? Why the change of heart?