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Bibby: Clinton wins First US Presidential Debate

Stay tuned, as more of our panel post decisions in the coming hour…  Judge: Nick Bibby Winner: Hillary Clinton By all sorts of standards, Hilary Clinton won this debate and won it easily. She was stronger on content and more polished in demeanour – matter and manner, an easy win. Trump should never have allowed … Continue reading

Our Coverage of the 2016 US Presidential & Vice Presidential Debates

Election Debates will be covering the US Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates in the lead up to the November 2016 election. As always, our analysis of the debate will apply the rules of competitive debate. We focus on the issues of the debate and the persuasiveness of the speakers. During the debate: follow our Twitter commentary (@electiondebates). Following the … Continue reading

What to Expect from the U.S. Presidential “Debate”

Opinion by Professor Ian T. Lising The circus is coming to Hofstra University on Monday. The first Presidential Debate between Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Nominee Donald Trump will hit the stage in Hempstead, New York. As much as I have been extremely critical of presidential debates in the United States over the last few … Continue reading

Three things that Donald Trump should do in the First Presidential Debate

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz Yesterday we published a piece on the three things Hillary Clinton should do in the first presidential debate. That was a relatively easy piece to write. Not because her task is easy, but because her approach to debates is more conventional. The Clinton-Sanders Democratic primary debates had substantive points of difference … Continue reading

Three things that Hillary Clinton should do in the First Presidential Debate

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz The first debate will be tough for Hillary Clinton. The starting point is a perception that her opponent Donald Trump will implode under pressure. He won’t. His experience of the highly stylized and scripted television production that US presidential debates have become will ensure a decent showing. And he’ll be lauded … Continue reading

Turnbull and Shorten draw Australian Leaders’ Debate

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have split the Election Debates panel 1-1. In what was a very close debate, Mr Turnbull’s more fluent style was countered by Mr Shorten’s aggressive positioning. In debate parlance, it was a manner versus matter debate, with both judges split but agreeing it was a very … Continue reading

Balavijendran: Shorten wins Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Logan Balavijendran Winner: Shorten Scores: Shorten 79 | Turnbull 78 The debate was poor. At this stage of the campaign both candidates are more concerned about mistakes than wins – so safe and disciplined was the strategy on both sides. Shorten took a few more risks – probably because he has to – and … Continue reading

Jocic: Turnbull wins Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Wayne Jocic Winner: Mr Turnbull Scores: Turnbull 76 | Shorten 75 This was a close debate, mainly because both leaders lacked the confidence to answer questions directly. In this context, Mr Turnbull’s storytelling approach provided a more compelling and thus marginally better performance. Mr Turnbull appeared more comfortable as leader. His physical presence was obvious, … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Sturgeon wins BBC Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Nick Bibby Winner: Nicola Sturgeon Second: Ed Miliband Last: Nigel Farage This was a dramatically different debate from the first one; a concerted attack on the Conservative record. This was an opportunity for the Leader of the Opposition to, well, lead the opposition. Ed Miliband (Lab) spoke as someone who would like to lead … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Sturgeon wins ITV Leaders’ Debate

Nicola Sturgeon won Thursday’s seven-way Leaders’ Debate. The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) leader won the debate comfortably in the eyes of the Election Debates’ judging panel by engaging and challenging her opponents and by broadening her appeal beyond Scotland. Election Debates’ judge Colm Flynn said that Ms Sturgeon was “the strongest in the open discussions as she did not rely on scripted answers … Continue reading