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Rules May Make for Weak VP Debate

Oct 2, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Thursday night’s debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden will adhere to strict rules set by the debate commission that will prevent the vice presidential candidates from providing much depth about their positions, Slate says. The format, which allows each candidate 90 seconds to speak, two minutes to discuss openly, and another 90 seconds to make their conclusions, leaves time only for talking points on issues “that can be found on bumper stickers,” the site says. With the restrictions moderator Gwen Ifill from PBS can’t be blamed if the show is dull, Slate says.
—Sergio Ibarra

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