"The Democratic Presidential Debate"
Saturday, May 3, 2003 at Drayton Hall on the University of South Carolina Campus, Columbia, SC.  9:00-10:30 p.m. (EDT). 
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Overview: Held in conjunction with the South Carolina Democratic Party's Dem Weekend 2003, this was the first debate of the 2004 candidates.

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

Moderator: ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Audience: Tickets distributed by the South Carolina Democratic Party, ABC News, the campaigns, and the University of South Carolina. 

Format: Four parts -- (i) 45 minutes of open discussion directed by Stephanopoulos; (ii) each candidate asks a question of one of the other candidates; (iii) Stephanopoulos asks a question of each candidate; (iv) closing statements. 

Broadcast: C-SPAN; South Carolina Educational Television; about 59 ABC network affiliates, following late local news.

Executive Producer: Jon Banner (executive producer of "This Week").  Moderator: George Stephanopoulos.  ABC News Political Director: Mark Halperin. Director: Roger Goodman.  Also, Mike McCurry, who served as press secretary to President Clinton, helped work out the arrangement for ABC News to do the debate.

Copyright 2003  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.