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No Debate: Candidates Do Not Stand Behind Podiums

The five candidates on stage tonight in Las Vegas will be standing at lecterns, not podiums, as many emailers have reminded us already.

From Webster's New World College Dictionary:

"lectern ... a stand for holding the notes, written speech, etc., as of a lecturer."

"podium ... a low platform, esp. for the conductor of an orchestra; dais."