Perot ruled out of debates

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Ross Perot should not be included in this year's presidential debates because he has no realistic chance of winning, the Commission on Presidential Debates in Washington said Tuesday. Broadcasters must now decide whether to follow the recommendation and exclude Mr. Perot from presidential debates and free air time being offered to President Clinton and Republican candidate Bob Dole. Mr. Perot's Reform Party is expected to go to court to try to get the decision overturned, arguing that the debates are an opportunity for exposure and that the commission's policy would exclude all but the two major party candidates from the debate. President Clinton wanted Mr. Perot in the debates while Mr. Dole had wanted a one-on-one confrontation with Mr. Clinton. The number, length and dates of the debates are still being negotiated.

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