Letter: Bring back third parties to debates

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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I was surprised at columnist George Will's suggestion to improve the presidential debates ["It's time to shake up the debates," Opinion, Sept. 30].

He seems to believe that a good moderator who asks probing questions, of the type he offers, will transform the debates from babble into learning exercises for the country. Doesn't he realize that the current crop of politicians has learned how to avoid answering questions straight-forwardly and substitute their own stock positions to whatever is asked?

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Since a better moderator wouldn't help, why not have the DemoPublicans submit to old-style debates run by the League of Women Voters (or the equivalent)? Remember those real debates, which included third-party candidates to embarrass and keep major-party candidates on their toes? This would be a learning experience for younger voters that would be more important than who gets elected!

Bob Goldberg, Jericho

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