Andy Hume

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Can Miliband rise above the fray?

Follow Election Debates’ rolling coverage of Thursday’s ITV Leaders’ Debate here, and on Twitter @electiondebates Opinion by Andy Hume When Ed Miliband takes to the stage to debate David Cameron on Thursday night, he’ll have plenty of backup. Not just the five aides that each leader has been allowed to bring to the first televised debate proper … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Election Debates has declared Barack Obama the winner of the Third Presidential Debate. [Watch the debate] Though the panel was split on the winner, all judges agreed it was a close debate – and for substantially the same reasons. The main reason for the tightness of this debate was a lack of real debate. From … Continue reading

Hume: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Barack Obama Scores: Obama 74 | Romney 73 Judge: Andy Hume Reasons: Barack Obama emerged as a narrow winner from the third and last Presidential debate, but the casual viewer may have been the loser after watching a pretty uninspiring 90 minutes that was long on rhetoric and consensus, short on genuine clash or … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Obama wins Second Presidential Debate

Election Debates has declared President Barack Obama the winner of the Second Presidential Debate. [Watch the debate] In what was a robust exchange in a town hall format, both speakers went on the offensive. Governor Romney largely continued the themes of the first debate, while Obama was more succinct and aggressive this time around. On … Continue reading

Hume: Obama wins Second Presidential Debate

Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 84 | Romney 79 Judge: Andy Hume Reasons: Barack Obama came through a lively and at times bruising debate with Mitt Romney and emerged as a clear winner, due not just to his own strengths but also his opponent’s errors. The President was on the offensive from the earliest moments of … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Biden wins the Vice Presidential Debate

Election Debates declares Joe Biden the winner of an engaging and compelling Vice Presidential Debate.  [Watch the debate] Biden, like Mitt Romney in last week’s debate, took control of the debate. While his overtly aggressive manner may have thrilled some and alienated others, it was ultimately his superior matter that won the night. The panel … Continue reading

Hume: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 82 | Ryan 76 Judge: Andy Hume Reasons: An immensely enjoyable debate which I scored as a clear win for Vice President Joe Biden, with some reservations. Biden had two major advantages in terms of his matter. First, his rebuttals were significantly stronger. Time and again he opened his responses … Continue reading

Clash of style and substance looms in Vice Presidential Debate

Opinion by Andy Hume Vice-presidential debates typically don’t matter very much in the scheme of things, but Thursday’s match-up between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden is attracting an unusual amount of attention, and it is sure to be a fascinating clash of styles in a number of ways. Both candidates will be under significant pressure … Continue reading

Advising Romney: what the challenger needs to do to win the debates

In the second of two opinion pieces, Andy Hume, debate coach and former world debating champion, provides advice to the candidates on what they need to do to win the upcoming US presidential debates. Yesterday, it was President Obama. Today it’s Governor Romney. Governor Romney, Your opponent has a small but persistent lead in most … Continue reading

Advising Obama: what the President needs to do to win the debates

In the first of two opinion pieces, Andy Hume, debate coach and former world debating champion, provides advice to the candidates on what they need to do to win the upcoming US presidential debates. First up, it’s President Obama. Mr. President, In 2008, you were generally felt to have had the better of your election … Continue reading