Of all the debates held in Minnesota over the years, few rival the traditional “last debate” at the Fitzgerald Theater for substance. Moderator Gary Eichten had a simple rule: The focus is on the ideas and content of the candidates up for election, not the ability of the audience to cheer louder than their opponents.
This week, a moderator of a national debate — Brian Williams — set ground rules that the audience’s job primarily was to be quiet and let the candidates live and die on their own substance.
Some politicians hated that idea.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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