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Bob Schieffer: Having Candidates Scrap Debate Rules Would be "The Dream"
October 13, 2008  | By David Bianculli
 

While interviewing CBS's Bob Schieffer for my Broadcasting & Cable column, about his preparations and expectations for Wednesday's final 2008 presidential debate, I threw him what might have been a curve, but which he caught gracefully and gratefully.

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I asked him about the live 2005 West Wing episode in which Alan Alda and Jimmy Smits -- playing, respectively, a maverick Republican senator and a charismatic minority Democrat -- impulsively scrapped the established rules and agreed to conduct a no-holds-barred actual debate on live TV. Schieffer had indeed seen it, so asked him: What if, on Wednesday, John McCain and Barack Obama did the same thing?

"You know what?" Schieffer said to me, after he stopped laughing heartily. "If they did that, I would say, 'Gentlemen, have at it.' I would lean back in my chair, and I would probably enjoy it more than anyone else. That would be the dream, wouldn't it?"

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Schieffer is the last best hope for one good debate to come out of this election cycle, so I wish him luck, whether or not he gets to moderate. For my full Broadcasting & Cable column with Schieffer, click here.

And, for a Broadcasting & Cable sidebar with a few extra quotes from that interview, including Schieffer's opinion of Jon Stewart, click here.

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Finally, since I'm steering traffic that way anyway, I may as well finish (and reduce my own word count for the day) by providing one final link, to my Broacasting & Cable blog review of tonight's My Own Worst Enemy on NBC, starring Christian Slater as a man with two identities. To read that, click here. (I like the headline: "My Minds Are Made Up About NBC's 'My Own Worst Enemy.'")

Hey -- working on this website, while also writing for Broacasting & Cable, teaching college, appearing on Fresh Air and working on my Smothers Brothers book, I know how he feels about multiple identities...

 

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Marlark said:

David Bianculli -- the hardest working man in TV. Unlike Sybil, we're loving each incarnation. Keep those Flinstone feet slapping away!

Do you see a President Obama/Santos offering Secretary of State to Senator McCain/Vinick? (No, but I do see whoever wins going for a bipartisan cabinet. And thanks for the encouragement. -- David B.)

Comment posted on October 13, 2008 1:43 PM
 
 
 
 
 
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