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Old 09-26-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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The structure is different. They will be able to ask questions of each other, kinda back and forth dialogue.

I like that much better than a moderator having total control.
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Well.. it could have been 10 30+ minute debates, plus 3 90 minute debates.. but Obama turned it down, even with McCain saying Obama could pick the date and the place for them.

I didn't have any doubt about the debate not happening tonight.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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So true. It's not a debate. It's this politely moderated discussion with only, what, 3 minutes to answer a question? It's ridiculous! Let it go on for hours! The issues deserve enough time to be thoroughly discussed. I'm sure they're doing it for 90 minutes because it's not "entertaining" if you let it go on too long.
sad.
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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The debate between Senator's McCain and Obama is 90 Minutes?
"the TV shows are coming on"<-- a bush parody after he addressed the nation a couple of yrs ago
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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The structure is different. They will be able to ask questions of each other, kinda back and forth dialogue.

I like that much better than a moderator having total control.
I agree.

From the website I linked to earlier in this thread:

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..... both campaigns, without public controversy, with quiet cooperation and with minor revisions, have agreed to CPD's proposal that each debate will be divided into issue segments allowing time for each candidate to comment on that issue followed by a free-flow conversation/ discussion between the candidates including the possibility of direct exchange between the candidates."
I believe I read somewhere earlier today (sorry, I don't have a link) that there will be 9 issue segments.
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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It was set up to protect Obama from saying uhhm, heee, ohhh, ahhh for then 200 times.

Seriously, how can you promote being the change agent in 90 minutes with all the hahh, eehhh, ohhh, uhmms?
So now you are saying that Sen. McCain was trying to protect Sen. Obama?

You are still so funny.
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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I think 90 minutes is a good time, but there should be more than 3 debates. Why 90 minutes? That is about as long as I can go listening to either one of the candidates pontificating before I want to shove a sharp stick in my ear.
I've got three or four sharp ones already. I hope I can make it through the first commercial break.
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:06 PM
 
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I just hope the 90 minutes are used wisely...
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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The Fungible commodity debate is sure to be a top biller.
Dam it. Stop using that word. Yes, I know it's a perfectly crommulent word, but find another one. Okay?
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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80 minutes on Palin and 9 on the military and 1 on the economy since both are knee deep in it.
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