Mark Halperin of Time Magazine has released the full-length, secret copy of a contract that governs rules of presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney. Known as the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ the released document shows that both campaigns have raised serious concerns about moderator Candy Crowley’s comment about her role in conducting the second presidential debate.
Among the rules laid out as per the salient features of the MoU, Crowley is not supposed to ask any follow-up questions, may not ‘coach’ audience members who ask questions, and is not supposed to conduct ‘show of hands’ style audience questions.
In addition to this, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has also promised to lock down TV cameras as a means to limit the amount of angles available. Audience reaction shots are also forbidden.
This is the fourth time that the contract has been made public; however, this time it seems that both candidates are just too terrified at anything spontaneous taking place at the event that can play a crucial role in their race to the White House.
Read full text of memo here: The 2012 Debates - Memorandum of Understanding Between the Obama and Romney Campaigns