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Schieffer on moderating: 'Keep control and keep everybody on point

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In an interview with the Star-Telegram, Bob Schieffer commented on his role moderating tonight's presidential debate. He also gave his thoughts on who won the last two.

From the interview:

"These debates are not about what the candidates say," Schieffer said.

"People are watching to judge character. I don't think it matters what the questions are about -- what matters is how candidates answer. Do they seem in control? ... I'm just there to help the viewers get a better understanding of who these people are."

Schieffer said Romney's confidence and command of details made him a clear winner in the first debate, staged in a traditional setting with lecterns. Obama won the second -- a wandering town hall format -- but it was closer, Schieffer said.

On Monday, the three men will sit together at a small table, like in 2008.

"It's a much better way to keep control and keep everybody on point," Schieffer said.

[Star-Telegram]

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