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Despite disagreement over seating, Brown and Kashkari set to debate
Despite disagreement over seating, Brown and Kashkari set to debate

In the world of political stagecraft, the setup for televised candidate debates can be closely scrutinized and hotly contested. It was no different in the run-up to Thursday night's debate between Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official. At one point, disagreements raised the possibility that the debate would be canceled. “It’s typical debate stuff," said Kevin Eckery, a political consultant hired by the California Channel, a debate co-sponsor, to help run the event. "In the end, everything is ironed out.” The dispute boiled down to whether the candidates would be allowed to stand during the...

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