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Series of debates to start Sunday

This year's presidential debates kick off Sunday in St. Louis.

The three presidential candidate confrontations and the single vice presidential clash will be televised live by all of the major television networks _ ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC and PBS.

Here are debate details:

Sunday: Republican President Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and independent Ross Perot face off at 7 p.m. EDT for 90 minutes at Washington University. Jim Lehrer of PBS' MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour will moderate the debate. The candidates will be questioned by a panel of media representatives: Ann Compton of ABC News, John Mashek of the Boston Globe and Sander Vanocur, a former NBC and ABC reporter now working on a free-lance basis.

Tuesday: Republican Vice President Dan Quayle, Democrat Al Gore and independent James Stockdale meet at 7 p.m. EDT at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta. A single moderator will direct the debate.

Thursday: Bush, Clinton and Perot clash at the University of Richmond in Virginia at 9 p.m. EDT. A single moderator will seek questions from a live audience and will ask follow-up questions as appropriate.

Oct. 19: Bush, Clinton and Perot meet for their final confrontation at Michigan State University in East Lansing at 7 p.m. EDT. The first half of the debate will be conducted by a moderator and the second half by a panel of news media representatives.

_ Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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