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Who's Afraid of an Open Debate?

Stephen_Hawkins
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9/14/2012 1:50:18 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I thought it was well known American politicians were terrible at debates. Just take a note from your better British counterparts. Our whole political system revolves around debating :P

And it's about eight hundred and seven times more fun as well. This was the last major debate - Two days ago [exactly 4 minutes in]. When was the last big proper one between Romney and Obama, seeing as it's only 2 months away from election time? Cos this one is 3 years away. And no, I never miss a time to say Britain > America.
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imabench
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9/14/2012 9:52:55 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
A 36 minute video followed by a 29 minute video???

Im out
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9/14/2012 9:54:12 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/14/2012 9:52:55 PM, imabench wrote:
A 36 minute video followed by a 29 minute video???

Im out

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9/15/2012 10:31:44 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
That debate video was great. There's a twitter bomb tomorrow for getting Gary Johnson into the debates. https://www.facebook.com...
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9/15/2012 10:35:33 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/14/2012 1:50:18 PM, Stephen_Hawkins wrote:
I thought it was well known American politicians were terrible at debates. Just take a note from your better British counterparts. Our whole political system revolves around debating :P

And it's about eight hundred and seven times more fun as well. This was the last major debate - Two days ago [exactly 4 minutes in]. When was the last big proper one between Romney and Obama, seeing as it's only 2 months away from election time? Cos this one is 3 years away. And no, I never miss a time to say Britain > America.



Yeah, while they shout each other down and almost break out into fistfights.....
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9/15/2012 10:44:41 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/14/2012 1:50:18 PM, Stephen_Hawkins wrote:
I thought it was well known American politicians were terrible at debates. Just take a note from your better British counterparts. Our whole political system revolves around debating :P

And it's about eight hundred and seven times more fun as well. This was the last major debate - Two days ago [exactly 4 minutes in]. When was the last big proper one between Romney and Obama, seeing as it's only 2 months away from election time? Cos this one is 3 years away. And no, I never miss a time to say Britain > America.



I appreciate the intelligence of British people, especially with regard to their command of language and spontaneous hilarity; however, I wish they could get rid of the moral and intellectual poison of State-Socialism.

Make work programs are one of the most inept government policies. I'd be glad to debate it with anyone here who takes issue with that statement.
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Stephen_Hawkins
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9/15/2012 2:09:21 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/15/2012 10:35:33 AM, OberHerr wrote:
At 9/14/2012 1:50:18 PM, Stephen_Hawkins wrote:
I thought it was well known American politicians were terrible at debates. Just take a note from your better British counterparts. Our whole political system revolves around debating :P

And it's about eight hundred and seven times more fun as well. This was the last major debate - Two days ago [exactly 4 minutes in]. When was the last big proper one between Romney and Obama, seeing as it's only 2 months away from election time? Cos this one is 3 years away. And no, I never miss a time to say Britain > America.



Yeah, while they shout each other down and almost break out into fistfights.....

And yet they never do. In fact, they hardly ever explicitly insult each other (and are reprimanded and an apology is demanded when they do so). That's why it's about 406 times better.
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RoyLatham
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9/17/2012 6:54:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
There is nothing that stops new debates from being proposed. Anyone can try to pressure candidates into accepting broader debates. It serves the interests of candidates with radical ideas participate because they have nothing to lose, and in a short debate they can get away with making outlandish claims that defy refutation in the short time available. Personally, I don't want to watch a debate in which 80% of the time is devoted to claims that are so radical as to be silly.

What would be an improvement is a better forum for the two main candidates in which they get to question each other. It seems to me that popular demand could pressure them into that.
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9/18/2012 3:17:09 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/14/2012 9:52:55 PM, imabench wrote:
A 36 minute video followed by a 29 minute video???

Im out

I just watched four hours of a recorded live stream...
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