Debate Moderators Named
The Commission on Presidential Debates, which has set three fall dates for the presidential candidates to debate and one for the vice-presidential nominees, today announced four well-known television journalists as moderators.

Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of PBS’s “The NewsHour,” will be the moderator for the one held on Sept. 26 at The University of Mississippi in Oxford.

The next debate, involving the vice presidential candidates (whenever they’re named) is set for Oct. 2, and will be moderated by Gwen Ifill, a senior correspondent for “The NewsHour” and managing editor/host of PBS’ “Washington Week.” That one will be held at Washington University in St. Louis.

On Oct. 7, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are to meet again for a town-hall style forum at Belmont University in Nashville. NBC’s Tom Brokaw will moderate this one, which will entail vetting questions submitted by undecided voters of the Nashville region who were chosen by the Gallup Poll organization.

The commission says the vetting process is primarily to avoid duplication. In addition, Mr. Brokaw will be allow to pose questions submitted via the Internet.

And the final presidential debate will be moderated by Bob Schieffer, host of CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Oct. 15 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
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Mr. Plouffe’s letter also stated flatly that because of the lateness of the parties’ national conventions this year, the commission-sponsored debates would be the only such forums.

That, of course, prompted the McCain campaign to complain that Mr. Obama was rejecting Mr. McCain’s invitations to appear in dual town-hall meetings throughout the course of the general election cycle.

The two candidates, however, also will appear together on Aug. 16 at a mega-church forum in Lake Forest, Calif. at the invitation of the Rev. Rick Warren.
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