CAMPAIGN ’88 : Bentsen-Quayle Debate Set for Oct. 5 in Omaha
Vice presidential candidates Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle will debate Oct. 5 in Omaha, Neb., Democratic campaign officials said Wednesday.
The officials also provided details on the format to be used for that debate and the two between presidential nominees Michael S. Dukakis and George Bush.
The 90-minute debates will include questioning by a moderator and three panelists. There will be two minutes for answering each question a candidate is asked, and one minute for the opponent to add his opinion.
Each candidate will have two minutes for closing statements. The candidates will be standing, as the Dukakis campaign had wanted.
A bipartisan debate commission had originally scheduled the first debate of the campaign for Wednesday night in Annapolis, Md., and Dukakis in a brief visit there Wednesday taunted Bush for refusing to agree to the full schedule of debates.
To chants of “Where is George?” Dukakis responded: “Wednesday was to be a historic day in this campaign. Here I am. Where’s George?”