Welcome to McKendree Debates 2012!
My name is Amanda Walker and I am a junior International Relations major at McKendree University. I am also a member of McKendree’s excellent Debate and Speech team. I will be following the upcoming debates and sharing my analysis of them here. Check back here for an update after every debate (and maybe some updates on McKendree’s own debaters).
As the race for the White House enters its final month, both campaigns are digging in and gearing up for a final push. An important part of this final stretch are the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. These debates offer a chance for voters to directly compare the candidates and their policies. The purpose of this blog is to objectively analyze these debates. What sort of strategies do the candidates use? How do they present themselves and their ideas? What were the key arguments each candidate made (or needed to make)? And since this is America, who won?
The first debate takes place Wednesday 10/03 at 9:00 PM ET (8:00 PM CT). The topic is domestic policy. The debate will be aired on all major networks (FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, and FOX NEWS).
If you’re like me and can’t wait, here is a helpful guide to the first debate.