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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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Well, I watched Debate #1, and I have to say that it was really funny watching Bush demand his thirty seconds and then spend five or six of them staring at the camera with his mouth open. Something fun from both candidates was watching them run out of material before running out of time and stand there, filling time by saying what they just said, staring at the clock-lights, and giving visible signs of relief when the green signal lit.

Something that much has been made out of is the 32 pages of rules there were for the debates. I haven't been able to find a copy of them- I'd expect there to be a PDF somewhere, but apparently, no such luck. Any leads?

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Thank you! Reading through it, I'm now very amused by all this emphasis on "32 whole pages" of rules. It's 12-point Courier New, double spaced! And check out those wide margins, too. The rules certainly don't seem unreasonable to me- I am amused to see the media's complaints about how the CPD is trying to require that they be essentially fair to the candidates.

I'm also amused to note that NBC didn't obey the rules, or obeyed them only questionably. While the speaking candidate was always on-screen, whoever was just sitting there was frequently in a split-screen. I do think that's probably the best way to do it- but not always that flattering to the candidates, and I suspect it does violate the rules.

See, everyone keeps talking about them wasting time - I didn't really notice that very much when I got around to watching the Washington Post's video of the debate over the past two days. They seemed to fill the time pretty well, I thought - the repetition came only when they each felt the need to throw in their pre-rehearsed talking points, which were almost exactly verbatim each time. I noticed that each candidate had his verbal tics, but that Kerry repeated whole paragraphs almost verbatim at several points, whereas Bush mostly stuck to paraphrasing himself and throwing out succinct catchphrases like "It's hard work."

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