Ray D'Cruz

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Cameron’s big chance

Follow Election Debates’ rolling coverage of Thursday’s ITV Leaders’ Debate here, and on Twitter @electiondebates Opinion by Ray D’Cruz The odds appear stacked against Prime Minister David Cameron for Thursday’s seven-way televised leaders’ debate. One incumbent versus six challengers sounds ugly. The likely dynamic will be five leaders falling over themselves to attack and goad the … Continue reading

Analysing the tactics of the Second Leaders’ Debate

Ray D’Cruz For the first feisty 20 minutes of the Second Leaders’ Debate, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd dominated the conversation. On two of the first three questions  he doggedly pursued Opposition Leader Tony Abbott with a series of follow up comments and challenges. He delved on service cuts and the paid parent scheme and Mr … Continue reading