Should debate crowds be allowed to vocally support candidates during debates?
Should the same rules apply to both the primary and general election debates?
Yes and no. I think they should be allowed to offer applause when a candidate says something that they agree with; I do not think it is appropriate to yell out anything or boo though.
The answer is a resounding, “yes!” Crowds at debates are entitled to express themselves within civil limits, regardless of the phase of the election in which a debate is taking place. I know there are several professionals that work in the Washington media that disagree with this, and understandably so, because it can detract from the substance of the debate. The bigger concerns that need to be addressed about political debate in the U.S.A. include the substance of questions that are being asked during the debate, the amount of control the moderator actually exercises during the debate, and the debate formats that are selected.
Debates are one of the most public ways that the electorate has to see the character of their candidates, and one of those characteristics that the public needs to see is how a candidate handles public criticism, such as being “booed” at. All of the men and women who choose to run in the presidential primary know that it is one of the most public and revealing things that an individual in the country can do, and as such they need to be willing to accept and endure the effects of their choice.
This question stems from the recent South Carolina debate which put former Speaker Newt Gingrich over the top in the South Carolina primary. I watched this debate, and trust me; the audience’s participation had little to do with the results in the primary. Between the recent polls and Mr. Gingrich’s debate performance it is clear that much of the electorate had not decided on a candidate until the last few days. Gingrich speaks to the frustrations of the electorate in South Carolina, where they are looking for someone who will best be able to unseat our President. I will remind the reader that South Carolina’s make-up doesn’t represent the nation at large.
by Mike Russo 2 years ago
The current debate format is a farce and is nothing more than a slug fest that we watch. The moderators have little to no control over the debaters. John Donvan has a petition that proposes change the current format to the Oxford style format where the debates are done in a civil manner...
by JamesPoppell 6 years ago
Do you think the audience should be able to applause and cheer during a debate?This morning Newt Gingrich made a statement that if the audience was not going to be permitted to applause and cheer during a debate then he will pull out of all future debates. What say you?
by bizzymom 5 years ago
Of the four 2012 debates who do you think was the best moderator? Why?Do you think the moderators should be more neutral rather than pro a certain political party or candidate in future debates? It is my belief that the moderators tried to stay somewhat neutral, but at least one was blatantly...
by Demas W Jasper 2 years ago
If anyone at all "won" the Republican debate on 2/13/2016 (or not) name the top three in order.My own impression: Trump came across as having learned nothing, or even as not wanting to win the Republican nomination. Kasich came across as the winner, followed in a Rubio and Carson...
by quatrain 6 years ago
Saw him at the debate last night, when he appeared to have a "senior moment". Who's prepping this man, anyways? I almost felt sorry for him, it was so bad.As one commentator on mangoboss said, he is "winging it to oblivion".
by Stacie L 2 years ago
Should political campaigns and debates have to be set to a higher standard of behavior?Recent campaigns and debates are looking more like back alley brawls instead of intellectual debates.Is this going to be the new norm?
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