Much has been made of the 32 page debate rules agreed to by both the Bush and Kerry campaigns. One provision outlines the placement and use of “timing lights” that indicate to the candidates and the audience when a speaker’s time has expired. Despite the agreement, an angry exchange erupted between the Kerry camp and the Commission on Presidential Debates over their placement.
An angry exchange between representatives of the Kerry campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates took place just hours before the candidates were to meet at the University of Miami for the first of three debates, according to several officials familiar with the meeting.
Kerry’s team threatened to remove the lights when they visit the debate site with the candidate later in the day. “We’ll do what we have to,” Kerry strategist Tad Devine said after his meeting with the commission. Later, after Kerry had toured the debate stage and departed the building, the lights were still in place.
What a bunch of children. Did they not read the signed agreement which reads in part: [timing lights] “shall be placed such that they are visible to the debate audiences and television viewers.”
At least someone within the Kerry camp realizes the their candidate is a bloviating gasbag, who will in all likelyhood, create more flashing red signal lights than the Miami PD during a crack house raid.
UPDATE: Jim Hoagland of the Washington Post offers his advice to Kerry – CHEAT