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So deep in debt Ross broke fears of where it easy date to be taken down.
A former Clinton press secretaries debate commission co chair Mike McCurry on those warnings from a guy who do decades ago.
Almost up -- the presidential race Michael very good to have you.
Good to be with you I remember -- T and his charts are member.
Bill Clinton responding to that addressing that -- many will argue was your boss who did address.
The some of those same debt issues that Perot.
Claim fame for -- but.
Both parties have let him down I think he goes on to say that he doesn't like -- guy and that both parties have have essentially.
-- throwing the country down the drain is that resonating.
Well I think it's classically Ross Perot and I think you know that would be an attitude you expect -- to have -- look there's an opportunity with these debates on Wednesday night to get to some of these specifics that you know some of -- commentators say.
Are missing were hoping that the format we have for this to base we'll get back beyond some of these slogans and the traditional talking points we're hearing from some of the candidates and get into a more substantive discussion we're -- sign up the charts might they can't bring charts like Ross Perot right sort of the -- It's a good question the two campaigns have been in discussions with each other.
The commission kind of takes a hands eyes you have that I that I don't know if they've got an agreement on that but we've seen both.
Governor Romney and President Obama use charts from time -- sure -- so will tune in and we'll see what happens.
You know one of the things that I remember about the debates about it it would Bill Clinton and then others who have sort of mastered this is tried to get a complicated stuff to cross.
Easily sickly Ronald Reagan had a -- as well on the Republican side.
To take complicated material that's at the size of of the people and in in this case would be.
A lot more money going out that is coming in so logic to your old -- credit would say we have to address both Republicans have been saying.
No justice to -- all that money.
That the that the debts it's going out.
Address spending but how do you encapsulate -- -- have one minute or 92.
Rebuttal response to a point announcement.
Well that's that's the point you really can't so that's why we have redesign the format of these debates so that there will be fifteen minute chunks.
And the candidates have to address a topic -- Jim Blair relative moderate -- debate.
On Wednesday night has already said the first three subjects will be the economy the economy the economy.
And then this is the fourth subject will be health care obviously Medicare financing and health care financing a big issue.
And then to what your parents were just talking about the fifth period topic will be the role of government and I think.
This goes if you wanted to you know think about how to simplify that the beta of that one of my other old bosses Daniel Patrick morning and said look the quintessential question.
For the American people is how much government do we really want and how much are -- really willing to pay for it.
That's pretty simple set of questions and that's really.
I think you're right I think -- -- -- election if you think about it comes down to a -- in the middle of a crisis and puts it up one night when you say the fifteen minutes -- to address -- -- -- They are still times -- answers to each question so is that it can.
Can they go -- each other you know on encumbered by a a moderator or.
You know something that gets in the way of them getting at each -- Absolutely have been the only the only ground rule is that there will be a question posed and eats at the beginning of each segment each candidate and they get about two minutes to go it you know -- Lay out what they have -- say.
On any issue like the deficit like infrastructure like the economy.
Then they really are going to be asked by the moderator I'm sure to sort of let's flesh this out a little bit let's talk about -- -- some and we need some more specifics here.
And we'll see -- both candidates respond now.
I have to make clear it's not up to our commission to decide how bad conversation -- -- over it really be up to the moderator Jim Blair -- With a moderate and and I always say you didn't answer that question are you didn't give me a specific answer.
Or after wanted to -- disease there well this is gone nowhere fast -- months and yeah.
The next thing.
I I'll say this if you just if you only walk into that debate with a lot of -- -- -- -- one liners are sound bites you're not going to be able to fill up the you know of that chunk of time this gonna be around that that debate so I think it'll be.
I'm hoping it'll be an opportunity for -- both governor around -- and President Obama to really have a text your conversation about this and then more importantly.
To get to those philosophical differences they clearly they have on what the role of government should be a good fortune -- thank you very much -- see -- Nice.
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