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NEW YORK--The 31-page "Memorandum of Understanding" governing the three presidential and single vice presidential debates--the final one Wednesday night at Hofstra University-- was signed off by the Obama and McCain campaigns--but not the journalists who are the moderators.

The deal--designed to limit interactions and surprises--seemed to unravel at the second presidential debate last week at Belmont University in Nashville, moderated by NBC's Tom Brokaw. Sarah Palin mocked the format when she said at the vice presidential debate she did not intended to answer questions posed by moderator Gwen Ifill of PBS. And Jim Lehrer, also of PBS, could not get John McCain and Barack Obama to interact with each other.

The Hofstra debate will be moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS, with the focus on domestic and economic policy. There will be nine nine minute segments with two minute answers with an open discussion period of five minutes.

Among the rules in the McCain-Obama debate pact:

"No props, notes charts diagrams or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by the candidate."

"No candidate may reference or cite any specific individual sitting in a debate audience (other than a family member) at any time during a debate."

"Each candidate for President shall be addressed by the moderator as Senator."

"At no time during these debates shall either candidate move from their designated area behind their respective podiums."


7 Comments

"did not intended" ???

CAN YOU SEE MCCAIN WRITING NOTES ON HIS HANDS AND
ARMS AND HIS LEGS BEFORE THE DEBATE, SINCE HE
CAN'T BRING ANY NOTES TO THE DEBATE!
HE CAN'T MOVE AROUND FROM THE PODIUM, MCCAIN IS
IN DEEP TROUBLE AND HE CAN'T SAY THAT ONE, HE
MUST BE RESPECTFUL, MCCAIN IS IN TROUBLE!
SO LONG JOHNNY BOY, YOU ARE TOAST!

Well,a "memorandum of understanding" between the candidates. This debate should be a real snoozer each going out of their way to praise and agree with each other.. Think I'll pass this one up. Hope there is a good rerun on or maybe just read my new book by Newt Gingrinch.

HEY RALPHIE BOY YOU MISSED A GOOD DEBATE!
OBAMA CLEANED HIS CLOCK ONCE AGAIN!

I, being a WW2 veteran, was really disappointed with both candidates during this so called debate. Senator John McCain was afraid to show his winning smile along with the 'punches.' That could have really made a GREAT showing for his many constituants waiting for a "K.O." Even though I did not see what so many Americans felt would come out in this dissertation, I am still a believer in Freedom and I know that John McCain is a far better QUALIFIED candidate to be President of our United States of America than Barack Obama.

I was also hoping that the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION turmoil, Abortion and Homosexual lifestyle would be showing up during this PRIME TIME appearance. BUT THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. I really feel that these are some of the crucial subjects that ALL Americans need to find out about each candidate. We ALL KNOW that the Democratic Platform endorses abortion as well as the homosexual lifestyle. These are two areas that ALL CHRISTIAN people should comdemn and hold FIRM on that committment to God.

OK. I have had enough of what people call "qualified" to be the President. Look at what we had the last eight years. The governor of Texas. He didn't even do that well. Truth be told, He did not even complete his draft-dodging stint in the Reserves. We deserve better.

If you want to base McCain's qualifications on his "War Hero" status,I have a number of cousins and uncles who would fit this description.

Unless you have five million dollars or more in assets, why again would you vote for someone who is against your self interests?

Furthermore, do not give me any of your "Christian" crap. Christ loves everyone. Period. Who gave you the right to decide who and who does not receive the grace of Christ and God? What God-forsaken church do you go to?

Take care and please, be a real Christian.

Jim

If McCain wins, then curling into balls and making high keening noises will not be as necessary as at the last election, but we'd still be better off with Obama.

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