Nixon, Kennedy 'cram' for debate
Nixon, Kennedy 'Cram 'for Debate By Associated Press WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 — A strange, new, hybred speech-interview- debate will make political campaign history Monday when the major presidential candidates meet face to lace 5n the first of four TV-radio broadcasts. DOMESTIC ISSUES will be the subject as Republican Richard M. Nixon and Democrat John F. Kennedy hold forth for an hour, 9:30-10:30 p.m. EOT (7:30-8:30 p.m. MST) from Chicago over the three major television networks and the four principal radio nets. On Oct. 7 and 13 there will be hour- long, all-subjects news conference. The meeting on the 7th probably will take place in Cleveland, although final arrangements haven't been made. ON THE 13TH, THE candidates will be face to face only through the magic of electronics. Nixon will be in Los Angeles and Kennedy in New York, but they'll appear together on a split screen. Nixon will be In Los Angeles and Kennedy !n New York but they'll appear together on a split screen. A similar arrangement may be necessary on. the 17th if they cannot both be in New York. The final broadcast, also from, New York on Oct. 21, will repeat the pattern of the first but with foreign affairs as the subject. The public service, unsponsored broadcasts are what have emerged from original suggestions that the nominees meet in a series of straight-out TV debates. NEITHER CAflIP was agreeable to the networks' suggestions for such meetings with a single moderator as the only other participant. The Monday program originates in Studio 1 at WBBM without a studio audience and with the candidates unattended by any advisers and unadvised on the exact nature of the questions they'll be asked. Howard IL Smith of the Columbia Broadcasting System will open and close the program, At the outset, each candidate will be given eight minutes to state his case, with a coin flip deciding who goes first. Then, for about 38 minutes, there will be questions from a panel of TV newsmen made up of Sander Vanocer, National Broadcasting Co., Stewart No- vms of CBS and Bob Flemming, American Broadcasting Co., plus Charles iVarren of the Mutual Radio Network. ONE CANDIDATE will be asked a question and allowed three minutes for his reply after which his opponent will get a minute and a half for his reply to the same question. The latter candidate then will be asked the next ques- lion with the time allotments thus reversed. THE QUESTIONS—presumably six to eight in all if each man uses his full time—will continue until there are only six minutes left. This time will be used for three-minute summations by each nominee. Newspaper reporters—barred from the panel by the networks despite protests from headquarters of both candi- dates—wi!I be admitted to an adjacent studio to monitor the program, providing they have been traveling with Kennedy and Nixon.