Three Presidential Debates Proposed

Aug 13, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The Commission on Presidential Debates has proposed a slate of three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. Democratic candidate John Kerry’s campaign has agreed to the debate formats and locations, but the Bush campaign had not responded as of Friday.

Jim Lehrer, anchor of public broadcasting’s “The NewsHour,” would moderate the first presidential debate Thursday, Sept. 30, at the University of Miami. Candidates would be seated at a table with the moderator. The focus would be domestic policy.

“NewsHour” correspondent Gwen Ifill would moderate the vice presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The debate would be open to all topics and candidates would be seated at a table with the moderator.

Charlie Gibson, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” would moderate the second presidential debate Friday, Oct. 8, at Washington University in St. Louis. The proposed format would be a town hall meeting with questions from undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Bob Schieffer, moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” would moderate the final presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Arizona State University in Tempe. Candidates again would be seated at a table with the moderator and the focus would be foreign policy.