Do you believe any presidential debate could cause a conservative to vote for a liberal or vice versa? Are these really "sporting events" for voters to cheer for (their team) whenever their "person" gets off a zinger or their opponent falls into a "gotcha moment"? Do people vote for the "party's agenda" or for the candidate? Are debates really for the "Independents" or "swing voters" and not for the masses?
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Presidential debates do come off much like playoff games for politicians. As I noted (the primary debates) are probably more meaningful if a person plans to vote along party lines but hasn't decided on which candidate to represent their party.
I believe most voters in the end vote according to what each party (claims) to represent. The debates during the primaries for that party's candidate seem to be more important than the presidential debates. However you may not like the one chosen
Agreed. Also, with my own experience the party I originally supported is not the same as then. I can accept change, however I am not sure if that party is willing to accept change. Like the song by Kansas shares 'Dust in the wind'.
" If anything, debates seem more a pep rally for the candidate of choice."
I agree it's almost as if the debates between candidates during the (primaries) for the nomination of a candidate for each political party is more important than the presidential debates!
Wow! I think that's very unusual.
Most people generally vote according to a political party's platform/agenda.
I think people often vote more against one candidate than for another one. I had several conservative Christian friends vote for Romney (Morman) instead of Obama (traditional Christian) in spite of what was supposedly their prioritiy: religion.
I agree with you Kathleen. I have a view that if I do not vote, then it is the luck of the draw & have to accept that. Therefore, I have voted on issues on the ballot & at times not voted on the choices for an office. I didn't prefer any one
Kathleen, odds are your (conservative friends) were going to vote for the Republican candidate no matter who the Democrats put forth. I can't imagine a conservative voting for a liberal unless they were angry. They'd rather not vote at all!