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But first, some background information on tonight’s planned Monday Night Football halftime interviews with the presidential candidates:
Presidential candidates’ interviews nothing new to ESPN
In what has become a regular occurrence during recent presidential elections, both major party candidates are scheduled to appear on ESPN as the nation prepares to vote in Tuesday’s Presidential Election.
Pre-taped interviews with President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, conducted by Chris Berman, will be aired during halftime of tonight’s Monday Night Football game (Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
According to ESPN Senior Vice President and Director of news, Vince Doria, this marks the second time the interviews have aired during MNF. Then-candidates Barack Obama and John McCain discussed sports topics with Berman on the eve of the 2008 election, at halftime of the Pittsburgh at Washington game (the Steelers won, 23-6).
In prior presidential election years, interviews with candidates had been conducted on the campaign trail, according to Doria.
“As most news entities have done when offered the opportunity to interview the presidentaial candidates, we thought it would be a good idea to do it in the past and this year as well,” Doria said. “Obviously we take a certain sports-related tact with it and we don’t focus on the typical issues of budgets or foreign policy. Our audience ins’t looking for those type of questions from us.”
The interviews with the candidates are slated to take place Monday afternoon and will then be edited into approximately three minute segments to air at halftime.
“We’re at the mercy of the campaigns and last week’s storm has changed a lot of their scheduling,” Doria said. “It’s certainly possible it could be cancelled.”
As for parameters surrounding the interviews, Doria said, “There are no restrictions placed on the questions we ask but we will talk with the campaigns about general topics we’re interested in. But there are no limitation on the questions.”