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Clinton Wants “Real” Debate


Hillary Clinton has challenged Barack Obama to a Lincoln-Douglas style debate without a moderator. The two would just stand or sit for ninety minutes and ask each other questions. In response, the Obama camp said they want to focus on talking to the voters rather than having yet another debate.

Personally, I think Obama should accept. The moderator-led debates tend to be a noxious blend of gotcha questions and rehearsed bits of the candidates’ stump speeches. A real debate would be far more elucidating than any of the previous 21 debates in which these two have participated. We’d not only get a better sense of what’s truly important to each candidate but we’d get a far more unvarnished look at how they think and react. I’d eagerly watch such a debate.

Unfortunately, Obama seems unlikely to accept the challenge.