Bob Barr seems to always be one step ahead of me.

I was just about to write a post suggesting Bob Barr be invited to Friday’s debate if John McCain refuses to show up.

It turns out Barr already thought of this. From his Press Release:

“Given Senator McCain’s political stunt to avoid the debate, I ask that Friday’s debate moves forward without him, as I am more than willing to step in to participate.”

In the 1980 election, Ronald Reagan chose to debate John Anderson, one-on-one, without Jimmy Carter.

In the 1992 election, George H.W. Bush demanded the inclusion of H. Ross Perot in all three presidential debates.

“It’s time that at least one of the two leading presidential candidates show leadership and provide the American public an opportunity to witness an open and fair debate, based upon substance and issues rather than sound bites and rhetoric,” concluded Barr.