Will either – or both – of these men use humor or insults in their first presidential debate?
A politician who wields a comeback with skill can use it as both a bludgeon and a shield, damaging the opponent without hurting their own popularity with voters.
Voters could know more about how each of these men think.
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Three new approaches in the field of competitive academic debate offer ideas that could help presidential debates serve both their public purposes.
The party leaders clashed over Brexit, Northern Ireland and the NHS.
Was this event on September 12, 2019, really a debate?
Debates may help voters identify which candidate shares their views but they do not help them think critically about those views. That's because presidential debates don't live up to their name.
Lessons in civil discourse can start in the classroom.
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A former middle school teacher offers a series of tips on how educators can teach young people to engage in more civil discourse.
It starts by making a plan.
As Election Day approaches, candidates in races across the country will be doing everything they can to get out the vote – including turning to behavioral science.
Meant to be a relatively tame "town hall"-style encounter, the second-round debate was one of the grisliest moments of an already ugly campaign.
Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce and Joel Fitzgibbon walk together ahead of the regional leader’s debate in Goulburn.
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The election campaign’s day 17 notably belonged to Barnaby Joyce, and not just for the package of concessional loans he announced for struggling dairy farmers. For light relief, the day delivered another…
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten showed they differ on a number of policy positions, but both kept the tone of the debate civil and free from “gotcha"s and gaffes.
Sky TV’s people’s forum on the evening of last Friday gave us something refreshingly different from recent federal election campaigns: a civil discourse between the two main political leaders. Perhaps…
Britain’s true colours.
Politicians should cut the language deficit for the sake of voters.
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Entertaining? Hell yes!
There's not much to be gained for major party leaders, but small parties have all to play for.
Sorry Ed, Paxman was the real star of the show.
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Jeremy Paxman might be a bully, but his confrontational style makes for a great show.
David Cameron faces a grilling from Paxman.
In their first TV appearance of the election campaign, both party leaders took tough questions from Jeremy Paxman.
Broadcasters have threatened to ‘empty chair’ David Cameron.
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Common sense tells us that an election debate comes with dangers for the incumbent, but that's no excuse not to participate.