`Sound Bites' Give Indigestion Gephardt Urges Formal Debates, Questions for President
Robert L. Koenig Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Decrying "sound-bite" politics, House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt called Tuesday for both British-style debates and "question periods" with the president in Congress.
"Increasingly, we are losing our capacity to conduct a rational, deliberate, and civil discourse on a whole range of vital issues," Gephardt said in a speech to the Center for National Policy, a think tank.
Two of those issues, Gephardt said, are the debates over health care and the North American Free Trade Agreement - in which, he contended, too many "rely on emotional phrases, catchy sound bites and visual excitement."
Gephardt, D-Mo., said, "We must modify and expand …
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