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As Obama, Romney Hold First Debate, Behind the Secret GOP-Dem Effort to Shut Out Third Parties

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/3/ahead_of_first_obama_r...

As President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to square off in Denver, Colorado tonight, we look at how the Democrats and Republicans manage to shut out all third parties from the presidential debates. The Obama and Romney campaigns have secretly negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates. We’re joined by George Farah, founder and executive director of Open Debates, and author of the book, "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates."



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It's alarming that Romney and Obama both get to exercise absolute control over the selection of format, eliminating any/all spontaneity from the debates. They handpick compliant panelists and moderators, prohibit candidate-to candidate questioning, require the screening of town-hall questions, severely limit response times, and ban follow-up questions.

Unfortunately we'll be watching tonights debate...a glorified news conference with Romney and Obama superficially glazing over the issues while reciting memorized sound-bites to fit 90-second response slots.

Hi 1bertea

Here is a Yahoo article on the points that will be glazed over...LOL.

The truth about a few ‘facts’ you may hear at the debate
By Brendan James | The Ticket – 6 hrs ago

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/truth-few-facts-may-hear-...