Time's Mark Halperin has made himself useful for once by obtaining, and publishing, a copy of the 21-page memorandum of understanding that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated with the Commission on Presidential Debates establishing the rules governing this month's presidential and vice presidential face-offs.
They aren't permitted to ask each other questions, propose pledges to each other, or walk outside a "predesignated area."
And for the town-hall-style debate tomorrow night, the audience members posing questions aren't allowed to ask follow-ups (their mics will be cut off as soon as they get their questions out).
Nor will moderator Candy Crowley.
Which means some of the rules below that both campaigns stipulated to in a desperate attempt to wring any serendipity out of the events may be honored in the breach:
Here's the full document.
Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards
from LibertyCrier Website
According to Time Magazine:
In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of this Tuesday’s town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned.
While an early-October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns suggests that CNN’s Candy Crowley would play a limited role in the Tuesday-night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested that she will assume a broader set of responsibilities.
As Crowley put it last week,
The agreement was signed on the day of the first presidential debate, October 3, and neither the Commission on Presidential Debates nor the debate moderators were parties to the agreement.
The full document obtained by Time Magazine is shown at the bottom and some highlights from it are:
Apparently both campaigns are terrified at anything even remotely spontaneous happening and that is the reason why they need to orchestrate their appearance on stage.
Sources say both campaigns are preparing their candidates for the debate under the assumption that Crowley might play a bigger role than either they or the commission want.
At the same time, some officials familiar with the deliberations of the campaigns say they hope that by publicizing the expectations for the moderator’s role in the town hall and making public the language in the memo, Crowley will be less likely to overstep their interpretation of her role.
One key source expressed confidence on Sunday afternoon that, despite Crowley’s remarks on CNN, the moderator would perform on Tuesday night according to the rules agreed to by the two campaigns.