Top GOP candidates won’t be at Smiley’s forum

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“The leading contenders for the Republican nomination have indicated they will not attend the All American Presidential Forum organized by black talk show host Tavis Smiley, scheduled for Sept. 27 at Morgan State University in Baltimore and airing on PBS,” reports the Washington Post. Party leaders are concerned this decision may further alienate black and Latino voters–earlier this month, top GOP candidates (except McCain) declined an invition to debate on Univision.