Oh Boy, More Debates!
Just what this town needs in the middle of a heated presidential campaign: more debates.
Perhaps Congress is jealous that the White House contenders have already had 83 or so debates, and that Hillary Rodham Clinton has challenged Barack Obama to one face-off a week until we all beg for mercy. Whatever the reason, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (Fla.) jointly announced today a series of bipartisan congressional debates.
"'Congress Debates' was launched to foster bipartisan debate and discussion of the most important issues facing the country," explained their release.
The first debate will be held Feb. 25 at the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University and will feature four House members from each party debating the hot-button question, "How can America foster economic growth and opportunity?" Ron Brownstein, the political director of Atlantic Media Co. and a former Los Angeles Times columnist, will moderate.
Genuine bipartisan debates are few and far between on the Hill, and these gatherings will presumably be more civil than the usual special-order speeches on the House floor, where the parties typically take turns excoriating each other. No word yet on the exact format of these debates. Will YouTube be involved? Head over to GWU on Feb. 25 and find out.
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