"Given the wealth of options, the August debate just doesn't seem to be the best use of Senator Edwards' time," wrote Edwards' spokeswoman, Kate Bedingfield.
Over at the Fox News Channel, vice president of news David Rhodes issued a statement about Edwards' decision to boycott the Nevada debate calling it "unfortunate that Sen. Edwards has decided to abandon an opportunity to reach the largest mainstream cable news audience in America."
In a letter posted Wednesday on the Nevada Democratic party's website, state chair Tom Collins said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who originally hailed the partnership "has asked to take another look."
In a survey of candidates over at the Daily Kos, only New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he will attend the Fox News debates. Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., have yet to decide.