Presidential Debate Schedule Set, Moderators Chosen


First presidential debate
Friday, September 26
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
Jim Lehrer
Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour, PBS

Vice presidential debate
Thursday, October 2
Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Gwen Ifill
Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, and Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week, PBS

Second presidential debate (town meeting)
Tuesday, October 7
Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Brokaw
Special Correspondent, NBC News

Third presidential debate
Wednesday, October 15
Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
Bob Schieffer
CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, and Host, Face the Nation Read on...

It's a safe bet that Lehrer will be the most balanced of the moderators, although Ifill should fit nicely in the town hall format and keep it real. Brokaw loves him some GOP talking points and is there any doubt Schieffer will revive his hit job on Gen. Wesley Clark? After enduring dozens of debates during the primary season, four sounds like a great number. At least Stephanopoulos and Gibson weren't picked...


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