Election Debates

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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

Jarvis: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 76 | Romney 78 Judge: Jason Jarvis Reasons: I give this debate to Mitt Romney because he was superior in manner (style) and matter (substance).  While I am not sure that this debate was a “game changer” for Mitt Romney, he certainly exceeded expectations and held his own on the substantive … Continue reading

2010 Year in Review

2010 was a busy year: four debates (three UK debates and one Australian) with Election Debates’ quoted, cited and published in Australia, the UK and US. A partnership in Nigeria to run an Election Debates’ Workshop. Plus some great new judges added to our panel and more than 15,000 visitors. United Kingdom Debates There was … Continue reading

Principles for a new approach to Australian televised leaders’ debates

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz The following principles establish a new approach for Australian debates. They seek to meet the two central aims of election debates: to educate voters so that they may exercise a more informed vote; and to engage the public in the political process. Principle 1 – There should be a sufficient number of debates to … Continue reading

Why Labor should take the punt on three election debates

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz The Liberal Party has challenged the Labor Party to three election debates between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in the upcoming Australian election. The Labor Party should agree to the proposal. The prevailing view of televised leaders’ debates is that they favour the Opposition Leader because they … Continue reading

Who should ask the questions in the UK leaders’ debates?

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz One question being addressed by some political commentators in Britain is just who should be asking the questions in the three leaders’ debates.  There are four potential questioners, so far as I can see: The candidates The public The moderator  A panel of journalists Candidates In the UK debates, candidates should … Continue reading

Designing Britain’s leaders’ debate

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz Britain will have three leaders’ debates, plus a host of other election debates for the 2010 general election. The deal was struck between party and television station representatives. In anticipation of Britain moving into the televised election debate area, Election Debates has previously commented that the governance of such debates should … Continue reading

Judge Profile — Sumithra Rajendra

Location: USA. Sumithra Rajendra was the Convenor of the World Universities Debating Championship which was held in Multimedia University, Malaysia in 2005.   She won the All- Asians Debating Championship and was a semifinalist at the AustralAsians in 2006. She has also adjudicated in numerous debating tournaments and was the Deputy Chief Adjudicator at the Brisbane … Continue reading

Judge Profile — Andy Hume

Location: Korea. Andy won the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) in 1997 for Glasgow University. He was a regular finalist and winner of regional and national debating tournaments. He is the author of the rules for the Public Speaking Competition at the World Universities Debating Championship. Andy has judged in tournaments all over the world, … Continue reading

Judge Profile — Bob Dalrymple

Location: Scotland.  Bob was a regular competitor and adjudicator on the global debating circuit in the mid-to-late 1990s.  He’ll thank you not to note just how long ago that was.   Bob won the John Smith Memorial Mace in 1996, competing for the University of Edinburgh.  He was a finalist in the World Universities Debating … Continue reading