johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,

Play by the rules

Slashdot readers have already seen this, but make sure you check out
the rules
for the upcoming "debates" (that's a PDF).

I wanted to post some excerpts, but there are just too many. Just
read it.

Some quick interesting things in case you don't have time:

  • The candidates can't ask questions of each other.

  • In the debates with audience participation, there will be an
    exactly equal number of "soft" Bush and "soft" Kerry supporters in the
    audience, as determined by Gallup. 2-party system, 2-party

  • The candidate's asses cannot be shown.

  • In all the non-town-hall debates, each party gets 1/3rd of the
    tickets to give out. So, only 1/3rd of the people in the audience
    will not have been directly hand-selected in a partisan manner.

  • Each candidate gets about 30 press passes to hand out. I did not
    realize that access to a pool of press passes was actually controlled
    by the campaigns. Free press?

I'm not sure I'll be able to watch, but I'll probably try.
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