Debating the Debates


In a special “Meet the Press”/Facebook live event, Jim Lehrer tells David Gregory he’s done moderating presidential debates, he “made his contributions to America.”

ALSO: Lehrer, Ron Klain and Kevin Madden discuss how debate dynamics have changed and give insight to prepping candidates for talkers.

Lehrer admits he missed Gore’s sighs in 2000 debate because he was focusing on Bush’s answers.

Madden says the dynamic of presidential debates has changed, moderators more focused on pitting candidates against one another.

On whether you can train someone to perform well in debates, Klain: “I don’t know you can make anyone successful in a presidential debate.”

Lehrer: “Format doesn’t really matter.”

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