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  •  The Debate Agreement leaked (1+ / 0-)
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    and by all rights, it's going to be a snoozer as both candidates agreed to make a sham of the town hall format:

       "The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates."
        "The candidates shall not address each other with proposed pledges."
        "At no time during the October 3 First Presidential debate shall either candidate move from his designated area behing the respective podium."
        For the October 16 town-hall-style debate, "the moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate...."
        "The audience members shall not ask follow-up questions or otherwise participate in the extended discussion, and the audience member's microphone shall be turned off after he or she completes asking the questions."
        "[T]he Commission shall take appropriate steps to cut-off the microphone of any...audience member who attempts to pose any question or statement different than that previously posed to the moderator for review."
        "No candidate may reference or cite any specific individual sitting in a debate audience (other than family members) at any time during a debate."
        For the town-hall debate: "Each candidate may move about in a pre-designated area, as proposed by the Commission and approved by each campaign, and may not leave that area while the debate is underway."

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:24:09 AM PDT

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