Aides to the various Republican presidential candidates gathered in Northern Virginia on Sunday to band together and demand changes to future debate formats. According to The New York Times' Ashley Parker, here were their demands: 30 seconds or more for opening and closing statements..."Parity and integrity" for the questions...No "lightning rounds," in which the candidates are forced to give fast, often one-word answers...Approval of graphics displayed during the debate. (This was apparently a demand of Jeb Bush's campaign. During the CNBC debate, a graphic depiction Bush's career ignored his eight-year stint as Florida governor.)
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.