CNBC/Wall Street Journal Presidential Democratic Candidate Debate
Thursday, September 25, 2003 at Pace University's downtown campus, New York, NY  4:00-6:00 p.m. ET. 
Overview: This debate "focused on the state of the economy and other financial issues facing Americans today."

Candidates: Carol Moseley Braun, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, John Edwards, Dick Gephardt, Bob Graham, John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich, Joseph Lieberman, and Al Sharpton.

Moderator: NBC News' Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of CNBC's "The News with Brian Williams."

Ron Insana - co-anchor of CNBC's "Business Center with Ron Insana and Sue Herera."
Gloria Borger - co anchor of CNBC's "Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger."
Jerry Seib - Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal.

Audience: The debate took place at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts which seats approximately 650 people; free tickets were distributed between the presidential campaigns, the DNC, Pace University, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and NBC.

Format: No opening and closing statements.  60 seconds for each answer and rebuttals of 30 seconds may be allowed at the moderator's request and/or a candidate's.  There were three commercial breaks.

Broadcast: Live on CNBC; rebroadcast on MSNBC at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Notes and Observations: This was the first debate in which Wesley Clark participated so much of the media's attention focused on him.  However, the other candidates steered away from criticisms of Clark.

Copyright 2003  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.