10/05/2007 01:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DNC Launches Attack On "Country Club" Republicans Avoiding Minorities

The Democratic National Committee released a video this morning slamming the '08 GOP field for repeatedly snubbing minority debates and voter forums. The "American Dream" web-video urges viewers to "tell GOP candidates we want a president who represents all Americans, not just country club members."

The refusal of GOP candidates to appear at events for African-Americans and Hispanics has been criticized by figures across the political spectrum, including President Bush. The video lists a slew of other minority events the GOP candidates have snubbed:

Fred Thompson's decision to skip the recent PBS African-American voter forum hosted by Tavis Miley was first reported by Huffington Post's Sam Stein. HuffPost's Michael Roston looked into the "scheduling conflicts" that candidates blamed for their absence and discovered most of the candidates were attending fundraisers.