Brokaw to moderate presidential debate at Tennessee university

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tom Brokaw will moderate the presidential debate Oct. 7 at Belmont University.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced his selection Tuesday.

Brokaw is current host of NBC's "Meet the Press" and spent 21 years as anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News."

The debate will be a town hall format, allowing the invited participants to ask the candidates questions.

The Gallup organization will choose the audience participants from undecided voters in Nashville.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Patricia Location: Houston on Oct 7, 2008 at 09:30 PM
    This is addressed to Obama. What are you going to do to lower spending and taxes? Prior Democratic administrations cut spending at the risk of our national security, in the Clinton administration. How do you plan to handle cut of spending but maintain national security?
  • by Kathy Location: Marine City, Michigan on Oct 7, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    Even though Michigan doesn't seem to be recognized by the running parties (Democrates for pulling their names off the ballot during the primary and threatening not to seat them at the convention, and Republicans for Mr. McCain for pulling his ads for President one month before the election), we here in Michigan are still a part of the Union of States. I for one in this union would love to hear how, YOU (whoever gets elected) if elected, plan to cut taxes, or give stimulus checks, and still balance the budget and pay back this Multitrillion dollar debt we are now incurring? What government programs will be cut or where will the money come from to make up the difference?
  • by James Location: Greenville, NC on Oct 6, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    How can Obama correct the financial crisis when three of his financial advisors are responsible for the failure of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and the current financial crisis unless they are going to "cook the books" like they did at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae? Also, is Obama going to push for a Balanced Budget to address the 52-53 real trillion dollar deficit?
  • by Clifford Location: Centerville Indiana on Oct 6, 2008 at 01:02 PM
    For Obama: Why are there serveral versions out of your birth certificate? One from Hawiia has its number blacked out. Others have a smeared administrator signature.
  • by Sheila Location: Seattle on Oct 5, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    I would like Mr. Brokaw to seriously ask the candidates what they most want from the population as they assume the office of president. All of us have had a part in creating the mess this country is in, some more than others, of course. Words like "we need to pull together" and "the American people are the most productive, helpful in the world" don't ring entirely true these days. We have made our mistakes and we know it. I would really like to know from each candidate what his prescription for changing our behavior might be. I think the basic belief we can do it is still with us - once we know what to do.
  • by victor Location: New Jersey on Sep 28, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    The format should be like a multiple choice on key issues. Once the candidate choose the choice he can expand on the reason. Instead a question is put and the candidate talk their talking point and the audience lost in the spell bound of their eloquence losing site of the key positon of the candidate

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