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RULES OF DEBATE

It took 32 pages in a "memorandum of understanding" to delineate the rules for the upcoming three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. Here are some highlights:

+ Candidates can take notes with the paper and pen or pencil of their choice, but the implements have to be cleared by the commission, which will take custody of the devices and place them on the podiums.

+ Candidates cannot "use risers or any other device to create an impression of elevated height."

+ Cameras will be locked in place but may tilt or rotate as needed.

+ No props, notes, charts, diagrams or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by any candidate.

+ The candidates may not ask each other direct questions but may ask rhetorical questions.

Cox News Service

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