February 3, 2012 1:40 AM

Commentary: Is it time to give political debates a rest?

Televised candidate debates have become the marquee spectacles of presidential campaigns. By the time Republicans vote in the Florida primary, candidates seeking the party's presidential nomination will have debated 19 times since May. That's 30-some hours of live national TV, plus untold hours of recap, recrimination and chatter spun off by the events.

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