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  •  The debate would be hosted by the (3+ / 0-)
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    Institute, not by Vicki Kennedy, and she would not be the moderator.  That would be Tom Brokaw.  At most she would, as board president, welcome the audience to the institute and introduce the debate participants, although even that small part could be filled by another Institute board member.

    If Scott is that concerned about the appearance of partisanship, why would he agree to debates hosted by a known conservative radio show host and a newspaper that has already implicitly endorsed him?  His problem seems to be the appearance of partisanship against him, not non-partisanship as a prerequisite for fairness.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 10:28:32 AM PDT

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    •  I'm talking about the appearance (1+ / 0-)
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      to your average voter.

      Do you think that the Kennedy Institute, named after Senator Kennedy (a clear Democratic partisan), will not seem partisan when the Board President endorses a candidate?

      Like I said, this seems to me to be as if the President were asked to debate Mitt Romeny at the Reagan Presidential Library.   Sure he could agree to it if he wanted to, but I don't think most voters would think he was out of line if he said he wanted some place less partisan.  

      At any rate, if Ms. Warren were presented, for example, with the option of debating at a location named for a prominent partisan Republican, with the location headed by someone who, shortly after the debate, was certainly going to publicly endorse Sen. Brown, I don't think the voters would blame her for saying that she wanted a more neutral site, either.

      My point is that I simply don't think this story is going to seem outrageous to the average voter.  

      •  Average Voters Haven't an Effing Clue (1+ / 0-)
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        as to how debates work. If the rules are clearly delineated and the moderator is non-partisan (as Tom Brokaw is), it doesn't matter if the KKK is hosting the debate.

        Brown is acting as though Kennedy has written the rules and questions. In televised debates, it doesn't work that way. Not sure how the right-wing radio stations are handling it.

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