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Dumbing down the VP debate

From the NY Times:

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

You've got to be kidding, right? We are now rigging the debate formats to compensate for a know-nothing candidate drilled in meaningless talking points? And the Obama team agreed to this? And so did the press?

VP Debate: C-SPAN

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