Televised Leaders’ Debate

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Berglund: Obama wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Barack Obama Scores: Obama 80 | Romney 78 Judge: Fenja Berglund Reasons: Barack Obama won this close debate by engaging more effectively with his opponent’s assertions while using facts to defend his own. Obama and Mitt Romney were both impressive in style, with both finding the all important balance between being folksy and statesmanlike, and … 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

Election Debates’ verdict: Gillard wins Australian leaders’ debate

Election Debates has declared Prime Minister Julia Gillard the winner of the 2010 Australian leaders’ debate. The adjudication panel of seven awarded the debate 7-0 to Ms Gillard, though most panel members noted the closeness of the debate. Panel members drew attention to Ms Gillard’s stronger argumentation, her more detailed explanations and use of examples. … 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

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

Flynn: Clegg wins third UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Colm Flynn Winner: Nick Clegg Score: Clegg 75 | Cameron 74 | Brown 73 Overall a poor debate with a lack of real economic analysis from any speaker. Clegg wins because while he flopped on the banks his arguments on taxation fairness, openness about necessary cuts, realism on immigration and housing seemed more honest.  Cameron … Continue reading

Salahuddin: Clegg wins third UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Omar Salahuddin Winner: Nick Clegg Scores: Clegg 81 | Cameron 80 | Brown 77 Being the last debate in a series of three, it was important that the ‘degree of separation’ (distinction between policies on the same issues) was distinct and unequivocal. In this respect, I felt that the debate was much closer than hitherto and … Continue reading

Harvey-Smith: Cameron wins third UK leaders’ debate

Neill Harvey-Smith Winner: David Cameron Scores: Cameron 85 |Clegg 80 | Brown 77 David Cameron gave a brilliant performance in the final debate. He achieved three things simultaneously. He seemed Prime Ministerial – strong, positive and composed; he put Nick Clegg under real pressure over his policies on the Euro, immigration and VAT; he also … Continue reading

Hume: Cameron wins third UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Andy Hume Winner: David Cameron Scores: Cameron  79 | Clegg  77 | Brown 74 This was a debate characterised by a great deal of negativity and criticisms of other parties’ policies; when it came to defending and supporting their own arguments and plans, the leaders seemed less sure-footed. David Cameron put in his best … Continue reading

Coaching the speakers: strategies for the second UK leaders’ debate

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz We learnt a lot from the first leaders’ debate: Gordon Brown is pretty good at avoiding discussions about the past. David Cameron either doesn’t like arguing or still doesn’t know why he should be PM. Nick Clegg likes to rise above it all. None of the speakers really want to debate, … Continue reading