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Megyn Kelly but No Donald Trump at Fox News Forum

Megyn Kelly but No Donald Trump at Fox News Forum

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As mentioned previously, the tenth Republican debate looms Thursday '€” hosted by CNN and Telemundo, moderated by Wolf Blitzer and staged at the University of Houston in Texas. But there are complaints. Some say entertainment outweighs policy information: Robert Rosenkranz '€” founder of Intelligence Squared U.S., an organization that has staged 117 public policy debates '€” counsels that things must change.

'€œPrime-time presidential debates were a brilliant innovation of the 1960s, meant to inform voters and let them see the candidates in action. Their format, however, is due for an update,'€ Mr. Rosenkranz wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday, with co-author John Donvan, former White House correspondent for ABC News. '€œThese debates tell voters almost nothing that can'€™t be gathered from 30-second campaign ads. There is no time for depth, no payoff for nuance, no serious discussion of policy.'€

The two urge the Commission on Presidential Debates to adopt an '€œOxford-style'€ debate '€” no trick questions, no memorized talking points '€œdisguised as answers,'€ and candidates who actually debate each other. They also cite the sterling example set by the seven Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 which cast challenger Abraham Lincoln against incumbent Stephen A. Douglas for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois.

'€œWe need a format that is more Lincoln-Douglas, less reality TV,'€ explain Mssrs. Rosenkranz and Donvan.