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Krauthammer Argues With O'Reilly On Importance Of Debates

Charles Krauthammer defends the use of presidential debates while "O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly argues that we should do away with them.

"You're completely wrong about the moderator," Krauthammer told O'Reilly. "The role of a debate is not to get information. If you want information, you go to the Encyclopedia Britannica. You get an instructional video on yoga, or you look up their website. The reason of a debate is to put the two men together to see how they interact and to get some idea of what you would otherwise never know. How are they going to act when they are in a room with Vladimir or the Mullahs or negotiating with anyone else? The point is, what you're asking for is what we already have five hundred hours of every year: the Sunday morning in inquisition, which is a good idea. You lock the candidate in with a person who asks questions, a journalist. You extract answers; you don't let them dance around or give you talking points."

Krauthammer argued that the first debate was the most important presidential debate in the last 60 years.

"There's empirical, complete refutation of your position," Krauthammer told O'Reilly. "And that is debate number one. Jim Lehrer asked a question, he got out of the way. We learned a lot in that debate. That was the single most important, influential debate in the history of American debates going back sixty years."

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