Dick­er­son faces the view­ers

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For his first week as mod­er­a­tor of CBS’ “Face the Na­tion” on Sun­day, John Dick­er­son has no in­ten­tion of play­ing around with a for­mat con­sis­tent for more than half a cen­tury.

The CBS News po­lit­i­cal direc­tor re­places Bob Schi­ef­fer, who re­tired last week af­ter 24 years at the Wash­ing­ton-based public af­fairs pro­gram. Un­like some peo­ple who en­ter a job in a whirl­wind of new ideas, Dick­er­son is be­ing cau­tious and has no qualms ad­mit­ting it.

“I want to put my own stamp and touch on the show,” he said. “But I don’t know what that is yet.”

His first week’s guests in­clude three with na­tional as­pi­ra­tions for them­selves or their ideas: just-an­nounced GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Rick Perry, New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio.

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