When a debate becomes just a fight.
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Functional political debates, like healthy democracies, require participants who respect the process and follow mutually agreed-upon rules.
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.
Host Jack Barry, middle, is flanked by contestants on ‘21,’ a 1950s TV game show.
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The only satisfactory debate arrangement everyone agreed to nearly 60 years ago largely remains in place today – the game show format.
In his final debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump refused to promise he will accept the outcome of the election.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over the direction of the Supreme Court, immigration, the economy, and fitness to lead.
The Conversation's experts respond to the third and final US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the October 9 presidential town hall debate.
An expert in political rhetoric singles out Trump's repeated use of reification – the tendency to treat people as things – and the role it's played in his tortured response to the leaked tape.
Donald Trump hovered behind Hillary Clinton for large stretches of the debate.
In reducing his aggressive, sexist banter to 'locker-room' conversation, Donald Trump reveals a regressive and oafish masculinity.
Hillary Clinton is still widely favoured to become the next US president.
Donald Trump landed some blows in the second debate, but not enough to change the momentum of the campaign, which is firmly favouring Hillary Clinton.
Tapes of Donald Trump making lewd remarks about women were an early focus in the debate.
The Conversation's experts respond to the second US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The first presidential debate was marked by interruptions from Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The Conversation's experts respond to the first US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Come for the debate, stay for the waffles.
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The impact of presidential debates has always been overrated – and when they do make a difference, it's for the wrong reasons.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama trade barbs during the 2012 presidential race.
Policy nuances often fail to stick in the minds of debate viewers. It's all about delivering the most memorable moment.
A little debate prep goes a long way.
Even Trump and Clinton have oratorical anxieties. Here are some research-based strategies presidential candidates and the rest of us can use to overcome them.
Protesters wearing masks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
From Alfonso the Wise's bawdy songs of slander to Ronald Reagan's sunny smile, politics and humor have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. But no one seems to be laughing anymore.
Donald Trump answers a question from CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer.
With the presidential debates being derided as evidence we live in a “post-fact" political world, why aren't the moderators “truth vigilantes”?
As Donald Trump knows all too well, sensationalism sells.
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.
As much as we like to think that we vote on substance – not style – studies have shown that physical appearance matters to voters.
While much of the 2014 midterm election analysis centered on the Republican takeover of the Senate, the pundits may have overlooked an important development: the end of a time when politicians looked a…
Debates can change a campaign, as the US experience has shown.
Only a month ago the outcome of the US presidential election was seen my most commentators as being a question of the margin of President Barack Obama’s victory. But then the television debates intervened…
In modern politics, a candidate’s image is everything, linguistic anthropologists researching US presidential campaigns have…
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama face off in the third and final debate on foreign policy.
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In the heavyweight clash of the presidential candidates, round three went to President Barack Obama on points – not by knockout. This means the incumbent won two out of the three match-ups. Interestingly…