Mondale represented Minnesota in the Senate from 1964 to 1976 before becoming Jimmy Carter's vice president. If he returns to Washington, he said, he could "start being effective on the first day in the Senate."
"Under the rules when I return, if the voters will let me, I will become part of the leadership on the first day because I'm a former vice president," he added. Mondale was referring to Senate Resolution 17, which created the leadership position of Deputy President Pro Tempore in the Senate. The resolution states that any member of the Senate who has held the office of president or vice president of the United States will be named to the position.
A: Absolutely. I've been in public life [for decades], and I am sick about the diminished lack of substance in our campaigns. We're in what I call the era of the marketer, where the skills of avoidance, irrelevance, negatives have taken over from substance. It is only in debates where the candidate stands there alone without notes, toe to toe with his opponent, has to show the ability to range across issues? nothing matches debates for that purpose.
I would like to condition the federal campaign support that goes to these candidates, to a requirement that they debate, say, six times, on a different subject each night. I would be for maybe longer than an hour and a half debates, although that's a minor point. The main point is to have several debates with specific broad, fundamental issues each night, with three of the toughest news people that can be found.
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