A New Debate System; Newt Gingrich and Martin Kalb Have a Plan
Byline: Barry Casselman, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The presidential debate institution, long in decline, has entered its "boutique" stage with major party candidate debates now taking place in Hispanic, black, homosexual, religious/evangelical, social values and other venues. I think the diverse venues are a good thing, and it is positive for the major parties to reach out to constituencies neglected in the past, but I don't see the quality of the political dialogue and conversation improving as well.
Marvin Kalb and Newt Gingrich have proposed a new system for the nominees of the major parties (and a major third-party candidate if one comes forward) with their Nine Debates In Nine Weeks proposal. This would have one debate …
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Publication information: Article title: A New Debate System; Newt Gingrich and Martin Kalb Have a Plan. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: September 21, 2007. Page number: A17. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.