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30 Percent of Voters Say Debates Will Help Them Decide


Of registered voters said the set of three presidential debates that start on Monday in New York would be extremely or quite important to their decision. Among Republicans, 37% said the debates would be important to them, while 31% of Democrats said the same, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.


Trump Gets His Moderator Facts Wrong — Again

Lester is a professional, but we’ll see what happens … By the way, Lester is a Democrat. It’s a phony system. They are all Democrats. It’s a very unfair system. I’ve worked pretty well within the system.”

— Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview, on debate moderator Lester Holt, who has been a registered Republican longer than Trump has.


Three-Quarters of Voters Set to Watch First Debate


Of registered voters plan to watch the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton next week, according to a new Morning Consult poll. When asked who they think will win the debate, 37% picked Clinton and 31% chose Trump while 32% either didn’t know or had no opinion.


Debate Moderators Announced

This year’s three presidential debates will be moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz, and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. The vice presidential debate moderator is Elaine Quijano of CBS News.



Majority Think Third-Party Candidates Should Be in Debates


Of voters say the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson should join the first presidential debate and 47% say Green Party nominee Jill Stein, should be included as well, according to a new Morning Consult poll. Key finding: Overall, a large majority of voters (66%) say they are likely to watch the first presidential debate.


Rubio Challenges Murphy to Six Debates


Number of live televised debates, including one on Spanish-language TV, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) challenged Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) to on Wednesday morning, Politico reports. “In challenging his rival, Rubio is cutting against the conventional wisdom for winning campaigns, which usually seek to minimize on-stage debates with trailing rivals. Rubio has led Murphy in the last nine polls taken since July 1.”

Poetic Justice

The Great Negotiator

Trump warns us not to underestimate
His capacity to negotiate.
He doesn’t want to be pilloried
By a debater like Hillary,
So he’ll just negotiate his way out of the debates.

Poetic Justice

Moderators Who Interrogate

Now we’re well into the primary debate session,
And the candidates are whining about media aggression.
Because no matter what the channel,
Or how senior or balanced the panel,
Moderators are just supposed to moderate — not ask hard questions!


Debate Devolves into Dick-Hunting Tips

I don’t need a semi-automatic rifle to shoot a duck. Maybe you do. Maybe you should spend more time on your shooting range.

— Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), quoted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, to challenger Stewart Mills (R) in a debate.

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Six out of Seven Incumbent Presidents Lost in Their First Televised Debates

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And of the six incumbent presidents who lost their first debates, three went on to win in the general election and three went onto lose.