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The Death of "Why?" by Andrea Batista Schlesinger

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11: Lights, Camera, Debate!

OCTOBER 15, 1992: ROBBINS FIELD HOUSE AT VIRGINIA’S University of Richmond. Two hundred and nine uncommitted voters sit in the audience, 69.9 million people sit in front of their televisions at home, and President George H. W. Bush, Governor Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot sit on stools. This is the “town hall” format presidential debate. The questioner from the audience is an African-American woman who looks to be in her thirties, dressed in a pink business suit and large-rimmed glasses that fit the time. The moderator is journalist Carole Simpson of ABC.

QUESTIONER: How has the national debt personally affected each of your lives? And if it hasn’t, how can you honestly find a cure for the economic problems of ...

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