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Why Do We Still Have Presidential Debates?

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    It's a simple question, but one I've been thinking a lot about lately. Presidential debates used to have far more weight riding on them then they do now and I'm beginning to wonder if they are even worth the hassle anymore.

    The vast majority of American voters will have made up their minds of who they will be voting for before Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump take the stage for the first of three scheduled debates on September 26th and, barring a colossal mess up on either candidates performance, those opinions aren't going to change.

    I understand it's important to see how the two candidates will perform on the debate stage, but in the age of talking points and talking past each other to get ones point across, I'm beginning to wonder if they are even worth it anymore.

    Does anyone agree with me or do you think the debates are still important to help you determine who you will be voting for?

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    I certainly agree with you. But I think it's not a universal point of view. There have to be some out there that are waiting to make up their minds for when the two of them (or three if we get lucky) debate it out, on a live stage. I wonder what % of people that truly includes. I have to imagine it's a small minority of voters. But still, perhaps it's the difference in the popular vote? Or a swing state district? Hard-to-impossible to say really.

    I don't care for the entire presidential political campaign. And the debates are clearly for ratings, buzz, and everyone hoping for trend-worthy gaffs, and for pundits to "grade" each candidate, seconds afterward. Gives the 24-hour news networks fodder for weeks at a time as well.

    It takes a rare speech or a rare candidate of character to really own the debate, to sway me to their side of things, if I wasn't already there to begin with. For me, it's only ever emboldened my opinion of the candidates, and the absurd performance of the entire thing; so staged, so canned, so un-genuine. A shame really, as it could be a brilliant 3 nights of real debate, and real excitement to see real ideas clashing in real time. Instead, we will get name calling, gotcha moments, talking points, questions going completely unanswered so they can redirect again to their buzz word bullet p0ints they were told by their constituents they really need to drive home hard.... it's a circus. But it could be so much more.

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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    Instead, we will get name calling, gotcha moments, talking points, questioned going completely unanswered so they can redirect again to their buzz word bullet p0ints they were told by their constituents they really need to drive home hard.... it's a circus. But it could be so much more.

    I can't agree more, it's become more of a ridiculous form of entertainment, most tune in to see if a candidate will crack.
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    Bad as it can be to watch the circus, it is the only opportunity we will have to see the two candidates go head to head in the same room, for 90 minutes. One thing I do appreciate about the debates is that there are NO commercial breaks. No time to regroup.

    As much as they are prepped, this is our best opportunity to see who stays the most composed, and sometimes who is just a comment away from losing it.

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    Also, can't help myself.. I want to see Trump and Clinton go at it, for purely entertainment reasons. Very Happy
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    bryce28 Wrote: Also, can't help myself.. I want to see Trump and Clinton go at it, for purely entertainment reasons. Very Happy
    That's what worries me about the 24/7 "news" cycle now though. Presidential politics has moved away from actual policy debate and discussion and into a circus where the loudest voice in the room wins.
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    BillRyan121 Wrote:
    bryce28 Wrote: Also, can't help myself.. I want to see Trump and Clinton go at it, for purely entertainment reasons. Very Happy
    That's what worries me about the 24/7 "news" cycle now though. Presidential politics has moved away from actual policy debate and discussion and into a circus where the loudest voice in the room wins.
    Ding ding ding! That's why Hilary screams more now. Seriously.. you have a microphone. We can hear you... On a more serious note though, both actually have an opportunity to 'take the high road' and stay on the policy track during the debates, and come out at least looking like the more presidential one. If Hilary tries to play at Trump's game, she'll lose. If Trump tries to stay serious and presidential the whole time without insulting Hilary.. he's head might explode.