According to an expert in political rhetoric, we shouldn't underestimate the power of the candidates who can skillfully tap into voter resentments.
Debates used to be a public service. Now they're akin to the WWE – a blend of fiction and reality, with the candidates and networks all adhering to the same script.
The Republican base wants its country back from the "insiders" – by which it means anyone with conventional expertise.
Candidates sparred among themselves and the media but still managed to debate some of the key economic issues that matter most to Americans – though they ignored a few.
Academics from around the US react to the Fox News debate.