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D’Cruz: Clinton wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Hillary Clinton Judge: Ray D’Cruz Hillary Clinton won the Third Presidential Debate, easily! Indeed this debate featured the ubiquitous moment that so many in the media speak about when covering presidential debates: a knockout blow. Donald Trump’s extraordinary statement, that he may not accept the result of the election, was that knockout blow. Secretary … Continue reading

Jarvis: Clinton wins Third Presidential Debate

  Winner: Hillary Clinton Judge: Dr Jason Jarvis The format for the debate tonight really allowed the conversation to wander and shift.  Six major topics were decided by the moderator Chris Wallace.  After two minutes of time for each candidate there was ten minutes of time for open exchanges.  The Supreme Court question which started … Continue reading

Jarvis: Clinton wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Hillary Clinton Judge: Jason Jarvis I think it is lilkely that many Trump supporters will claim that this was a win for Donald.  He certainly managed to prosecute a case against Clinton that was heavy on 90s scandal, hyperbole and bombast. However, Clinton wins the debate on my ballot for two reasons.  First, she … Continue reading

Ganesan: Clinton wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Hillary Clinton Judge: Praba Ganesan Not the gold standard of Presidential debates and neither hit any high notes, even for showmanship, but Clinton easily edged Trump by being far more substantial in her policy explanations-rationale and with a shade better willingness to engage. The one positive was that the “sex” contentions were over in … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Clinton wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Hillary Clinton Judge: Ray D’Cruz Hillary Clinton won the Second Presidential Debate. She won the debate because she got the balance right between (positive) argument and (negative) rebuttal. Donald Trump failed to get the balance right. While his attack on Secretary Clinton was effective, he simply didn’t explain his vision for America. The debate … Continue reading

Llano: Clinton wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Hillary Clinton Judge: Steve Llano Hillary Clinton not only won tonight’s debate, she figured out a formula for rhetorical alchemy, converting Donald Trump’s public statements in and outside the debate into argumentative gold. She was able to simultaneously indict his statements and make it a part of the case for why the audience should … Continue reading

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