Karayn was checking with the LWV's leadership to see what the priorities of the LWV were going into the negotiations.
The LWV negotiating team discussed the legalities, such as invitees and funding, surrounding the debates (Duval 1976e).
There was not much discussion on this because Rita Hauser, one of the LWV chairs, interjected with an idea on themed debates, such as foreign policy and economic issues (Duval 1976e).
Newton Minow, an LWV chair, brought the issue up and Walker stated that the audience would be selected carefully and that the ground rules for the selection process could be negotiated.
What was tentatively agreed upon was that each campaign would submit names of newspaper, periodical, and television reporters and the LWV would go from there.
Hauser, from the LWV, then sought compromise between these two dates.
Their conclusion was to let the LWV take the heat on selecting panel members; however, they wanted to be sure that the candidates had some input, either formal or informal.
This was the second time that one of the campaigns wanted the LWV to "take the heat" for the selection of the panel.
Negotiations during the month of September began with a meeting between the LWV and the two campaigns.
Though this arrangement probably ensured that there would be debates and made it easier for the LWV to deal with the candidates, the LWV was losing what little influence it had in the negotiations.
That afternoon, the LWV announced that there was an agreement on the debates.
The announcement also noted that the LWV would select a moderator and the three panelists for the debate (LWV 1976b).