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At 2000 'Town Hall' Debate, Questions Leaned to Left

Friday, 08 October 2004 12:00 AM

ST. LOUIS – The people asking questioners at tonight's "town hall" debate are not supposed to show a strong preference for President Bush or Sen. John Kerry. But after liberal questions dominated the same type of debate in 2000, a conservative media watchdog warned the same might be true again.

ABC's Charles Gibson, host of "Good Morning America," was chosen to moderate the second presidential debate at Washington University. As moderator, he won't get to ask any questions, but he will decide what questions the audience asks.

In 2000, when Bush debated Democrat Al Gore, Jim Lehrer of PBS's "NewsHour" played the same role. But as the conservative Media Research Center noted Thursday, most of those questions had a liberal slant. MRC, parent of CNSNews.com, also criticized some of Gibson's liberal positions.

The so-called "uncommitted" voters chosen by the Gallup Organization to be featured in tonight's debate have either a slight preference toward Bush or Kerry, but according to the debate's rules, Gibson must choose an equal number of questions from each side.

Questions from the 2000 "town hall" debate included topics such as nationalized health care, gun control and racial set-asides. In a report after that debate, MRC's Tim Graham concluded that eight of the 15 questions leaned left. Here is a sampling:

But not all political observers agreed with the assessments that Bush had it tougher than Gore in 2000.

"The bias is in the eye of the beholder," said Robert Salisbury, a professor emeritus at Washington University, whose school has hosted the past two "town hall" debates.

Even conservative professor Richard J. Hardy, who teaches politics at the University of Missouri, said Gallup probably did its best when choosing among the "uncommitted" voters. He said he could only hope the questions would be balanced.

As an incumbent, Bush might even be at a bigger disadvantage now compared to four years ago, said Marvin L. Overby, a University of Missouri politics professor. He noted Bush's preference to interact with friendly audiences at campaign events and avoid formal press conferences.

"The president may not be as adept at this as he was four years ago," Overby said. "He may have lost some of that ability to take a hostile question, turn on the charm and turn the question around and lead the questioner to see things your way."

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