I have not had a chance to listen to the whole debate, but I will say, the parts of the NPR Presidential Radio debate I did hear sure impressed me a whole lot more than any of the televised debates and made me want to listen to the whole thing. No tv cameras. No live audience. Moderators who put some thought into questions that might help illuminate the issues rather than boost ratings. More time to delve into the questions rather than just trying to put out sound bites. No time limits on answers. Ability to have a real conversation. Allowing all candidates to talk rather than just the top three (I think that this is the first time that I got to hear Chris Dodd say more than one or two sentances).
I have not had the stomach to watch the TV debates for more than a few minutes because I just can't stand the "television personalities" that pass for reporters these days. Or the ridiculous, non-important questions that get asked (usually about some "controversy").
Definitely check it out. NPR has even fact checked the statements made during the debate for you. You can listen on your computer or download the broadcast to your iPod.
This is a debate that has some meat that you can sink your teeth into.
Thank you NPR for restoring back at least a little bit of faith in the process. I was beginning to worry that no one "got it" anymore.