Debate Set Comes Together, Format Will Involve Questions From Panel, Audience

May 31, 2007

WMUR-TV, one of the co-sponsors of the Republican and Democratic debates at Saint Anselm College, has posted some time-lapse photos of the debate set construction on their Web site. You can also view a video news report titled “Set Will Bring Audience Into Debate,” which provides some details about the uniqueness of the set design.

[Excerpt From WMUR-TV] Three days before the Democratic candidates for president will square off in New Hampshire, crews continued to work to complete the set for the debate.

“This is going to be the most interesting debate set anyone’s ever seen, and we’re putting it together for the first time,” said David Bohrman, CNN senior vice president.

Right down to the podiums, everything has a modern feel. Squares behind the stage will be filled with fabric cubes with stars and presidential seals lit from the inside.

WMUR’s Scott Spradling and the Union Leader’s Tom Fahey will be asking questions while CNN’s Wolf Blitzer moderates.

The twist will come during the second hour, when the focus switches from the panelists to New Hampshire voters. WMUR’s Jennifer Vaughn will be the floor reporter, and voters will ask questions while the candidates pull up chairs for a town meeting-style hour.

“There will be 10 cameras,” Bohrman said. “They need to be brought in, wired, and cabled, and the audio has to come in.”

Once it’s all in place, Bohrman said it should wow everyone, including those watching from their living rooms.


Visit WMUR-TV’s Web site for the complete story and additional videos >>


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