Caught on tape

Are Clinton and Edwards plotting to push out the less popular candidates?

Published July 13, 2007 6:12PM (EDT)

Do Hillary Clinton and John Edwards think they're better than the rest of the Democratic candidates for president? Apparently, just after a forum in Detroit yesterday, Fox News microphones picked up the two whispering about how to exclude the less popular candidates from upcoming debates.

"We should try to have a more serious and a smaller group," the mic reportedly caught Edwards saying.

Clinton reportedly agreed, replying, "We've got to cut the number...they're not serious."

The two candidates, who can be seen pow-wowing in this video, smiled and shook hands with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Rep. Dennis Kucinich , D-Ohio before agreeing that, as Clinton said, "our guys should talk."

Kucinich issued a response to the slight this morning:

"Candidates, no matter how important or influential they perceive themselves to be, do not have and should not have the power to determine who is allowed to speak to the American public and who is not," said Kucinich. "Imperial candidates are as repugnant to the American people and to our Democracy as an imperial President."

By Julia Dahl

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