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Is the 'Lightning Round' Enlightening?

The concept of a "lightning round" -- whereby each of the candidates offers a very brief thought on a topic is problematic.

These candidates know that there is no real penalty for going over time and therefore do so with impunity. They also tend to use the time afforded them (and then some) to throw out a laundry list of proposals they have either already passed or plan to in the very near future.

By the end of each "lightning round" of questions, five minutes (or more) of the debate has passed, but have we learned any more about the candidates or issues?

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2007; 10:33 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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