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  •  Except these are not text book debates. (1+ / 0-)
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    So I'm not sure applying Oxford debating rules and scoring to US presidential debates works.

    These are more like dual press conferences where the media asks questions and the candidates try to fit their campaign talking points around every question without answering the question.

    Who "wins" is based on posture, tone, body language and the preconceived notions of the punditocray. Reagan's affable manner is chatted up, his wacky economics and star wars fantasies are not.  Bush Sr gets wacked for looking at his watch. Bush Jr for being "hunched over" not his Iraq war lies and the resulting military and national security disaster.

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