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Debate moderators selected

ABC's Hal Bruno will be the moderator for Tuesday's vice presidential debate, and the same network's newswoman Carole Simpson will moderate Thursday's presidential debate, it was announced Friday.

The announcement was made by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

The 90-minute vice presidential debate is to take place at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, starting at 7 p.m. EDT.

Republican Vice President Dan Quayle, Democrat Al Gore and independent James Stockdale will participate.

Thursday's presidential debate, which includes independent Ross Perot as well as Republican incumbent George Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton, will take place at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., and is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EDT.

Bush and Clinton have agreed in advance that the moderator of Thursday's presidential clash will seek questions from a live audience as well as ask questions herself.

Both the presidential and vice presidential debates will be televised live by ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC and PBS.

The commission announced earlier this week that the first presidential debate, set for Sunday in St. Louis at 7 p.m. EDT, would be moderated by Jim Lehrer, co-host of public broadcasting's MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour.

Questioning the candidates during that debate will be John Mashek of the Boston Globe, Ann Compton of ABC News and Sander Vanocur, a free-lance journalist and former network reporter.

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