“Memorandum of Understanding” or the Scenario for the 2012 American Presidential Debates

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Anna V. Severse

PhD Student at the Chair of Foreign Journalism and Literature, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: aseverse@gmail.com

Section: Discussion

Memorandum of Understanding regulates almost every aspect of the American presidential debates. A confidential agreement between two presidential candidates and the Committee for the Presidential Debates, the memorandum concerns the conditions of presidential debates production, controls candidates’ discussion during the debates and provides a script for the national political agenda. Starting in 1987 the Memorandum of Understanding kept secrets of the American political theater until 2012 when the memorandum was leaked to the public in the political blog “ The Page”. The document unveils changes that the American political system underwent during the past 25 years.

Keywords: Memorandum of Understanding, American presidential election 2012, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, presidential debates