- The Washington Times - Friday, August 13, 2004

Jim Lehrer, host of PBS’ “News Hour,” will be a moderator for the presidential debates, but unlike past election years, he will divide the work with ABC’s Charles Gibson and CBS’ Bob Schieffer.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced its selection of the three yesterday, along with the choice of Gwen Ifill, a “News Hour” correspondent and moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week,” as moderator for the debate between Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic Sen. John Edwards.

The announcement from the commission is somewhat preliminary as representatives for President Bush and Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry are still negotiating the number of debates and format.

Mr. Lehrer conducted all three presidential debates between Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000.

This year, Mr. Lehrer will moderate the first debate between Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry scheduled for Sept. 30.

Mr. Gibson, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will host the second debate, tentatively set for Oct. 8. Mr. Schieffer, CBS’ chief Washington correspondent will lead the third debate, slated for Oct. 13.

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