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Presidential debates need less,
not more structure

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Posted By: Magnante, 10/1/2020 8:47:35 AM

Utterly predictably, the Commission Presidential Debates, along with the grandees of the (progressive) mainstream media, has come to precisely the wrong conclusion on changes to the form of presidential debates, in the wake of Chris Wallace’s inept moderation of the first of three presidential debates. T"he Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it would consider changes to the remaining debates, citing the need for 'structure' after Tuesday night's often chaotic affair was marked by repeated interruptions." (snip) A no-holds-bared debate, with the moderator’s role minimal, would far better help acquaint voters with the substance and character of each candidate. If one of them interrupts the other, so what?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DEW JR 78 10/1/2020 9:02:36 AM (No. 558283)
All the debates need is a real impartial moderator. Get rid of that snarky, partisan, nasty, Chris Wallace.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Finally50 10/1/2020 9:03:15 AM (No. 558285)
AMEN! The moderator should ask a question and then serve as a time keeper only. Let the candidates have some honest back and forth without the hall monitor stuff!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Tptems 10/1/2020 9:27:52 AM (No. 558318)
I eluded to this in a prior posting...the moderator should introduce an overarching topic, not a specific question. The candidates should take turns responding and have time for rebuttals. I don’t want to hear interruptions; but I do want to hear give and take. If Trump keeps interrupting, shut off his microphone, same for Biden.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: FunOne 10/1/2020 9:27:54 AM (No. 558319)
The problem is centered around the fact that for the past decade, the moderator has always been a registered democrat. For some reason, that seems to be totally acceptable by the debate commission, so I doubt that they will be inclined to look at that as a possible bias. But perhaps the best we can hope for is that the moderator is not chosen to be a tag-team partner with the democrat candidate, such as Candy Crowley or Chris Wallace. This blew up on Wallace because he was dealing with Donald Trump and not Mitt Romney.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: justavoter 10/1/2020 9:33:35 AM (No. 558325)
If you look back at the debate, it was Biden that made the first interruptions and then Wallace joined in. President Trump just played their game and defeated them soundly.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: HotRod 10/1/2020 9:40:03 AM (No. 558336)
Moderators should not argue or debate a candidate. Moderators are corrupt and avoid issues harmful to their favored candidate, as Chris Wallace did. No questions on China, Ukraine, Russia, Air Force 2, or any other problem for Biden??
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MDConservative 10/1/2020 10:05:27 AM (No. 558374)
The easiest thing to do is eliminate debates, which are little more than bread and circus spectacles that become SNL skits.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: SkeezerMcGee 10/1/2020 10:07:31 AM (No. 558375)
I've watched every Presidential debate since 1960. The first few debates had unbiased moderators. Little by little the moderators have been increasingly biased in favor of the democrat candidates. Liberals are now the decision makers regarding the debates. It's well know that Donna Brazile leaked debate questions to Hilary Clinton, but I recall other instances where I though to myself: "This democrat candidate knew that question in advance to be able give such a detailed (scripted) answer regarding such an obscure subject." One in particular was about foreign policy regarding some small country. The candidate rattled on, including naming the county's President and a few other top officials that no U.S. viewer every heard of. These incidents were obvious because the candidate's ego took over. Mitt Romney was sabotaged by Candy Crowley during one his debates, so much so that Mitt was stunned and befuddled. He was turning his head back and forth and appeared to be thinking: "What the heck is going on?" Some times the candidate is so focused on forming his next answer, he does not comprehend the bias then occurring right before his eyes. Assuming that Biden does not wimp out, I believe the upcoming debate moderators are likely to be more biased in favor of Biden (and probably Harris) than was Crissy "little dweeb" Mathews last Tuesday, and not because of Crissy-like ineptitude. The moderators will try to stack the deck to the greatest extent they believe to be possible.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: bpl40 10/1/2020 10:47:38 AM (No. 558453)
It needs professional honesty on part of 'moderators', which is sorely lacking.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Chuzzles 10/1/2020 10:49:02 AM (No. 558455)
What they need is more rules for the moderator. Especially after what Wallace did Tuesday. Debates are supposed to be give and take, that is how you learn about the candidates. Again, Wallace interfered and prevented that. Now we hear talk of a biased moderator having access to a mute button?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: stablemoney 10/1/2020 10:57:29 AM (No. 558468)
Exactly. I do not want commission or moderator controlled debates. I do not want to listen to a Wallace control the questions, which are paragraphs long, and biased, nor the time. I do not want a president that is controlled by a commission, or media hack. The interesting part of the debates was when the debaters went off script, and debated. Socialists want to control every aspect of life. I do not want to be controlled. That is why we are fighting all out, and I am voting for Trump, who is the fighter fighting all out for the people against the socialist elite.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 10/1/2020 2:45:50 PM (No. 558713)
Steel cage match.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: YorkieMom 10/1/2020 3:47:22 PM (No. 558786)
I know the next debate is a town hall, but I don’t know who is moderating. Also, I wonder how many questioners will be there and will that be stacked with easy questions for Biden. Prepare for another unfair debate, but Trump can handle it.
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