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Today’s debates are an unrealistic way to pick our leaders.

For instance, debates limit each candidate to a particular number of minutes and seconds. How often does the president face such a limit?

I’d like to see the candidates sit around a table and talk with each other about what they’d do regarding various issues. No moderator, no questions from journalists: Just give them a general topic like the economy or foreign affairs, and let ’em go for an hour or two.

We’ll soon see which candidates know their facts, which ones react nimbly and sensibly to a barrage of viewpoints, which ones ask the others incisive questions, which ones retain command of themselves under verbal assault, and which ones stand up to bullying (if you can’t handle Donald Trump, how can you handle Vladimir Putin?).

I’d love to see that kind of debate, even among people whose political views annoy me.

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