The Great Debate Spate

From podiums across the land, candidates jostle for attention

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Farfetched? Not when you consider that 1987 has become the year of the Great Debate Spate. The seven Democratic contenders have already traded mild jabs on PBS and C-Span. Two more Democratic events are scheduled for September. On the Republican side, Moderator...