Before the Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library September 16, CNN promised to stage what it called "actual debating."

"Is one of the goals for you…to spur more actual debating?" CNN's Brian Stelter asked debate moderator Jake Tapper a few days before the event. Stelter pointed to a moment in the August Fox News debate in which two candidates, Chris Christie and Rand Paul, had an extended and heated -- and illuminating -- exchange with each other.*

"That was my favorite moment from the debate," Tapper said. "Let's have as many of those as possible. So, yes, what the team and I have been doing is trying to craft questions that, in most cases, pit candidates against the other, specific candidates on the stage, on issues where they disagree, whether it's policy or politics or leadership. Let's actually have them discuss and debate."

That was then. Now, another CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper, will be moderating a debate, this time among Democrats, and he says there will be none of that raucous "actual debating" this time around.

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