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October 16, 1988
I was not impressed with Lawrence Christon's attack on the value of presidential debates ("The Shoot-out," Sept. 25). Although television debates are imperfect, I would much rather become educated about the issues and candidates from debates than slick 30-second television spots. REED MARKHAM Communications Arts Cal Poly Pomona
September 22, 2012 | By Todd Rogers and Michael I. Norton
In next month's three presidential debates, President Obama and Mitt Romney will be asked a wide range of questions crucial to the future of America. But if history is any guide, they are unlikely to answer many of them. Even worse, most of us won't even notice. Listen carefully to the questions and responses and you'll understand. A candidate is asked a specific question: "How will you balance the budget?" The response is typically along the lines of: "Balancing the budget is critical to America's future, which is why I am committed to it!"
March 7, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- As Rep. Paul D. Ryan readies the new GOP budget, House Republicans are debating whether to apply the party's proposed Medicare changes a year earlier than planned, when Americans who are now 56  reach retirement age. No decision has been made, and Ryan declined to address the internal debate Wednesday. The party's earlier promise to keep Medicare unchanged for those 55 and older has bumped up against its vow to balance the budget in 10 years. The Medicare overhaul for the next generation of seniors will be a centerpiece of Ryan's budget -- and fodder for Democrats' criticism.
The first debate of the 1992 presidential election was officially canceled Wednesday because the Bush campaign refused to accept the proposed format. The debate was to be held Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich., with a vice presidential face-off to follow on Sept. 29, and two more presidential debates in October. Each was to be loosely structured with a single moderator. The future of any debates is now unclear. President Bush has proposed only two, with a panel of journalists to ask questions.
November 12, 1987
Torrance is in the running to host nationally televised debates between presidential candidates just before next June's California primary election. The Torrance League of Women Voters said the league's Washington staff will decide shortly which city will host the separate debates by Democratic and Republican presidential contenders. The event, tentatively set for June 4 and 5, will come only days before the last presidential primary elections.
October 1, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
The presidential race enters its final, decisive phase with a distinct tilt toward President Obama and three debates looming as Republican Mitt Romney's best and possibly last chance to reverse the Democratic trend. After running neck and neck with Romney for months, Obama has opened up leads - some small, others more significant - in almost all of the eight states likely to decide the contest: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire. Obama also leads in Wisconsin, the home state of Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, whose mid-August selection had erased the president's advantage there for a time.
January 26, 2000
With the New Hampshire primary just seven days away, both the Republican and the Democratic presidential candidates debate tonight in back-to-back forums in Manchester, N.H. CNN will broadcast both debates. The Republicans debate from 4 to 5:30 p.m. PST, followed by the Democrats from 6 to 7 p.m. PST. New Hampshire will hold its first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday.
Democratic Assembly candidate Tom Umberg on Wednesday challenged his Republican opponent, Curt Pringle, to a series of seven one-on-one debates, declaring, "We owe it to the voters." Pringle (R-Garden Grove) said he expected to debate Umberg, but only in forums sponsored by independent organizations such as the League of Women Voters.
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