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Bibby: Clinton wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Hillary Clinton Judge: Nick Bibby It is very hard to argue with someone who simply lies – and harder still to do so with someone who believes the lies. It’s an axiom of debate that both sides need the same standards of truth for any debate to even take place. Tonight’s debate demonstrates why … Continue reading

Can Trump work the Town Hall format?

Ray D’Cruz After a poor performance in the First Presidential Debate the 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump has vowed to get more aggressive in the next debate. It’s a strange vow; passivity wasn’t the issue. Poor tactics and a lack of substance were more serious problems for him. It’s bigly strange when you consider how … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Pence wins VP debate

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: Mike Pence Republican Governor Mike Pence won tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate. His opponent, Senator Tim Kaine, was too negative and hectoring. He lost sight of the critical balance between positive and negative argumentation. While Governor Pence lacked detail throughout, and at times chose not to engage, he was calmer, clearer and … Continue reading

Llano: Kaine wins VP debate

Judge: Stephen Llano Winner: Tim Kaine Tim Kaine won this debate in spite of himself. Kaine saw tonight as a moment to make the case against Donald Trump instead of the case for Hillary Clinton. He was on his way to losing this debate. Mike Pence had a great chance to show the vision and … Continue reading

Previewing the Kaine-Pence VEEP debate

Ray D’Cruz Today’s VEEP debate, with Governor Tim Kaine (Democrat) and Governor Mike Pence (Republican), will offer fewer spills and thrills than the presidential debate. While the characters in this debate are less polarising, it still holds intrigue. How will both men seek to utilise and defend their record as Governors – and to what extent … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Clinton wins First Debate, easily

Election Debates’ judging panel has unanimously awarded the First US Presidential Debate of the 2016 election to the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. Mrs Clinton won on substance, tactics and delivery. It was a clear win. Substantively, Mrs Clinton simply offered more in this debate. He understanding of the issues and her command of detail allowed … Continue reading

Jarvis: Clinton wins First US Presidential Debate

Judge: Dr Jason Jarvis Winner: Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton won this debate for two primary reasons.  First, and most importantly, she was the most Presidential of the two candidates.  In both style and substance Hillary proved a seasoned veteran who understand the visual politics at the heart of effective Presidential rhetoric.  Second, Hillary outlasted Donald.  … Continue reading

Jocic: Clinton wins First US Presidential Debate

Judge: Wayne Jocic Winner: Hillary Clinton On any conventional debating analysis, Secretary Clinton won the first 2016 Presidential debate. She won by a large margin. She won on every aspect of the debate: the substantive issues, her tactics and her delivery. Her fastidious preparation was vital to this. She had mastered the issues and had helpful … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Clinton wins First US Presidential Debate

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton won this debate, easily. She won on substance, and her advantage was built steadily from the start. As each argument progressed, Mr Trump was unable or unwilling to respond to key arguments on too many occasions. Too many of Mrs Clinton’s arguments were left unharmed by the … Continue reading

Llano: Clinton wins First US Presidential Debate

Judge: Professor Stephen Llano Winner: Hillary Clinton Both candidates had difficulty in speaking on two important issues: Framing the debate, i.e. What tools should we use to decide who won? And establishing principles, i.e. here are the things I stand for or ask myself when I’m thinking about Presidential issues. Debaters in this format need … Continue reading