Because of the combination of any drama being rung out of it, there are places where you can watch it, including PBS, as well, I guess. There's a real reason the networks don't give up their primetime to show it.
jonvinyl says: What impact will the debates have in this election?
Sam Donaldson just walked over and was very flattering. I told Sam that I had a scoop for him — that I found the only African-American officeholder who had not been asked to speak! I thought that had been a real scoop. The guy's hacked off about it — he thought it was a real slap in the face.
The debates could be decisive! I think W is going to study his father's debate in 1992, and probably not look at his watch.
If you were running for president, what would be your agenda be for the country?
I would never run for president, because I would be a very, very bad president, because I would be crushed by the pressure.
But if I was advising someone who wasn't going to be crushed by the pressure, I would talk about some of the things that are being talked about, like education. But I think the key is to spend more money on what Colin Powell talked about last night — schools where asbestos is falling down, where classes are being held in bathrooms.
I was impressed with what was discussed at the Shadow Conventions. I think we are incarcerating too many criminals, and we need to do something about that. I am pro-globalization, but I think we need to do it with an eye on environmental concerns, and making sure that our workers aren't competing with people making a dollar a day. I'm not sure how to do that.
One of the reasons I'm definitely for Gore is that I believe he'll be a much better environmental president than I believe W would be.
va says: Will there be a similar forum during the Democratic convention?
tom says: What's behind A. Huffington's apparent transformation from right-winger to quasi-radical?
She met me. She also got fooled by Newt. She was a Newt acolyte. You aren't going to see Newt here at all, but he has a role on Thursday — he's going to give a speech on Adultery With a Purpose.
spatulalad says: What would it take to get Americans interested in the election?
I think campaign finance reform is pretty crucial in getting people interested again, because I think the way the system works now, people are so cynical, they feel like they don't really have a chance to make any difference. If you're listening and reading this, you're probably not a problem. So I don't know what to tell you!
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