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OPINION: A new way to debate
October 15th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: A new way to debate

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene explains his concept for a new style of debating that doesn't require a moderator or the tradition podium setup. Greene says just put the candidates on stage and let them figure it out.

[0:37] "Fifty-two years after the first televised presidential debate, there still often seems to be something stilted and dry about them.  Like some sort of candidates' cotillion."

[1:12] "At the top of the hour the two candidates would come out onto the stage. And then it would be up to them. They would have 90 minutes to talk to the audience, and to each other.  To argue and persuade.  No referee. It just might be fascinating."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

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