Time Magazine has an interesting story that explains why Bush at first said he wanted only 2 debates then later seemingly caved and accepted 3 debates. It was all part of the negotiations….
When a race for President gets this close, no detail is too small to leave to chance. Which is how it happened that a man who once oversaw Middle East peacemaking found himself haggling last week with one of Washington’s most storied power players over the matter of … colored lights. The proposal: to allow the millions of Americans watching this Thursday’s first presidential debate to see the warning signal whenever George Bush or John Kerry has exceeded his allotted time to answer a question. It was a transparent gambit by the President’s representative, former Secretary of State James Baker, to raise the famously windy challenger’s chances for embarrassment. “Undignified,” sniffed a Kerry strategist. “It’s like a game show.”
But Kerry’s negotiator, lawyer Vernon Jordan, gave in