Ian Lising

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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

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

Lising: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 80 | Ryan 77 Judge: Ian Lising Reasons: Bluster and Loose Talk The Vice President and Congressman came out swinging. Ironically, the person who was getting in the way of the round was the moderator. At the start, there were several moments of possible clash that she interrupted, diffused, or … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

The Election Debates’ panel has declared Mitt Romney the winner of the First Presidential Debate. The panel was split 5-1 in favour of the Republican challenger. Both speakers provided a clear contrast in the first of their three debates: Romney punchy, Obama meandering; Romney aggressive, Obama passive; Romney confident, Obama ponderous. In the end it … Continue reading

Lising: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 78 Romney 79 Judge: Ian Lising Reasons: Math, common sense and history Through the first exchange, Governor Romney seemed to take control by introducing direct clash in the round whereas President Obama was a bit vague and nonresponsive. This quickly changed when both candidates evaluated the Governor’s tax plan. In a way, the … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Clegg wins third UK leaders’ debate

Election Debates’ seven-member adjudication panel has give the third UK leaders’ debate to Nick Clegg in a split decision. Three judges gave the debate to Nick Clegg, two to David Cameron and two to Gordon Brown. There was less division about the loser – five judges had Brown last. View the debate here (courtesy of … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Brown wins second UK Leaders’ Debate

Election Debates’ seven-person panel declares Gordon Brown the winner of the second leaders’ debate in a split decision. Five  members of the panel gave the debate to Brown, while two judges gave the debate to Nick Clegg. No one gave the debate to David Cameron. Moreover, six of the judges thought that Cameron was the … Continue reading

Lising: Brown wins second UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Ian Lising Winner: Gordon Brown Scores: Brown 82 | Clegg 79 | Cameron 75 Interestingly enough, Brown started his initial presentation by indicating that the proceedings had the “feel of a popularity contest” and that if style and PR were the goal of the debates that we could just “count him out.” This was … Continue reading

Election Debates’ experts on the UK debate rules

We asked Election Debate experts for some brief observations about the 76-point plan for UK leader debates, agreed by parties and producers earlier this week. Read the 76-point programme format here. Tommy Tonner: This is a ridiculous format which tries badly to import a presidential style debate into a parliamentary system. Two main objections, the … Continue reading

Obama wins third presidential debate: Lising

Judge: Ian Lising Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 82 | McCain 81 Reasons: It should be mentioned that of all debates that have been held in this election cycle, this round had the most amount of direct clash and actual refutation taking place. Though some might think that Mr. Wurzelbacher, now forever immortalised as ‘Joe the … Continue reading