THE NATION'S seven commercial and public television networks, in an unprecedented move that will bring greater attention to Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination in 1992, have agreed to televise at least seven prime-time debates among the party's candidates.
The first debate will be broadcast by NBC in Washington Dec. 15 and others will follow as the nominating process unfolds, it was announced yesterday. CNN has scheduled the second debate for Feb. 16 at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H.
In addition to NBC, the debate agreement involves CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox, PBS and C-SPAN. Wagner said that Debates '92 will work with the networks and the candidates in refining the schedule, reviewing formats and sites, providing press facilities and promoting the debates. So far six Democrats have declared their candidacy: former Gov.Jerry Brown of California, Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Gov. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Sen. Bob Kerrey of South Dakota and former Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts.