The Nation: The Debates Ahead

Not only will Gerald Ford debate Jimmy Carter, but Robert Dole and Walter Mondale are eager to debate each other as well. The Jerry and Jimmy, Bob and Fritz shows should do reasonably well in the ratings against the season's new TV programs; politics is once again becoming a major entertainment form, not to mention a kind of education. While the format has not yet been decided, Carter would prefer cross-examination of the candidates by reporters and an opportunity for each candidate to question the other. The debates will probably be similar to the crucial Nixon-Kennedy encounters in the 1960 presidential...

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