Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Nixon and Kennedy were allowed an eight-minute opening statement in their debate. “That’s an eternity in broadcast”
Bill Wheatley on presidential debates, how they’ve changed, and how they should
The commission has gradually tried to vary the format. The concept of a town hall debate for undecideds is pretty well institutionalized, and the commission has had some success in making the formats less rigid. There are no more opening statements, which were very predictable. I was looking at something the other day that said Nixon and Kennedy were each permitted an eight-minute opening statement.
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