The best thing about this is that it was unplanned. This isn’t the diabolical plot from the movie Runaway Jury. It’s a candidates’ debate hosted by the League of Women Voters in the 8th district of Illinois, where Melissa Bean is the incumbent Democrat and Joe Walsh is her GOP challenger.
Walsh introduces the brief clip, in which the LOWV moderator is asked by an audience member if there will be a pledge of allegiance spoken. She gives a firm “No.”
UPDATE: Yid with Lid has some must-read additional info on this incident. Besides a longer clip, there is background on the LOWV moderator — a campaign supporter and local organizer for Obama — and the Illinois director of LOWV, whose background includes ACORN and PAW. The audience member who asked about saying the Pledge is an Air Force Reserve vet.