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Question of the Week: Do Presidential Debates Matter?

Do you expect upcoming Presidential and Vice Presidential debates to sway your vote?

The consensus after the first Presidential debate was that Republican candidate Mitt Romney won the debate with President Barack Obama.

But does that really matter? A recent article in The Washington Post states that analysts differ on the question. Some point to debates with John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, which Kennedy clearly won on style and which may have moved the close election in his favor. Others say a debate win is only a temporary victory. What do you think? 

This week, Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will take on each other on Thursday at 9 p.m. at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Obama and Romney will meet again on Oct. 16 and 22. Will you be watching?

Do Presidential debates sway votes? If so, why? If not, will you still watch?

electric123 October 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Do Presidential debates sway votes? If so, why? If not, will you still watch? Hell no, I would still not vote for any Republican trash bags even if Ronald Reagan came back from the grave!
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino October 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Yes and no...I pay attention to principles over personalities and delivery. By that account President Obama won the last debate by a far margin as did Biden however the polls and pundits use other standards. If you would like a copy of my letter sent to various media organs after the last debate write me at pilgrim1@mindspring.com. I will try to also post it on the Patch blog.

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