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Former COS to Reagan calls GOP debates 'a reality show

Things got contentious between GOP candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney during the most recent Republican presidential debate.

Newt Gingrich gets all the attention for attacking the TV-centric debate format, but he's not the only Republican who doesn't like it. One guy out of former president Ronald Reagan's administration isn't a fan of the debates either and he doesn't like how they seem to set the stage for gaffes and missteps by the candidates.

From the New York Times:

“It is an ‘Animal House.’ It’s a food fight,” said Kenneth Duberstein, a chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan. “Honestly, the Republican debates have become a reality show. People have to be perceived as being capable of governing this country, of being the leader of the free world.”
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