Gamesmanship To debate or not to debate?

That depends on who asks the questions

BOTH GEORGE BUSH AND BILL CLINTON SAY THEY are anxious to debate. But each insists on his own terms, which is why, with six weeks to go before the election, no debates have been scheduled. And it's possible that none will be held at all.

The debate about the debate format has itself become a test of a candidate's resolve. Clinton backs the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates proposal for a single moderator, in part because it allows for more give-and- take between principals. Two weeks ago, Bush agreed to two debates before a panel of three journalists and a moderator,...

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