Jul 23 2004

John Nichols on Election 2004, George Farah on open debates

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This week on CounterSpin: There has been a flurry of stories appearing recently that are reminiscent of the 2000 Florida election debacle. We’re told the Kerry and Bush teams are lining up lawyers, the electronic voting story is still in the news and Florida has just scrapped plans to purge 48,000 supposed felons from it voter rolls. The Nation Magazine’s John Nichols will join us to sort through some of these important elections stories.

Also this week, Presidential debates are approaching, but don’t expect a rollicking exchange of ideas or an elaboration of specific policy plans–US presidential debates haven’t looked like that for years. But why not? And what changes could help debates really serve as a forum for the public to learn something about the differences between the candidates? We’ll hear from George Farah, executive director of the group Open Debates.

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