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Dickerson plan as ‘Face the Nation’ host: Stick to the news

In this June 3, 2015 photo released by CBS, John Dickerson prepares for his first broadcast as moderator of "Face The Nation," in Washington. Dickerson replaces Bob Schieffer after 24 years as host of the political program. (Chris Usher/CBS via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Dickerson says just-retired Bob Schieffer left him with one piece of advice about moderating CBS’ “Face the Nation” — and he’s going to follow it.

Dickerson ended his debut broadcast Sunday as permanent host of the public affairs program by repeating what Schieffer told him: “Stick to the news.”

The CBS News political director says that’s what Schieffer did and “that’s what we’ll do — inviting people on to help us understand the news” and trying to ask the questions that viewers want answered.

Schieffer stepped aside last week after 24 years as the show’s moderator.

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