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Date: 10/02/04 01:27 PM

11 Responses to Top 10 Secrets They Don`t Want You to Know About the Debates

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    buddy Male 30-39
    10116 posts
    October 2, 2004 at 1:27 pm
    Link: Top 10 Secrets They Don`t Want You to Know About the Debates - Those sneaky Republicrats!

    Good read.

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    LushSativa Female 18-29
    30 posts
    October 2, 2004 at 3:41 pm
    Personally it kinda terrifies me that this is the state of debate nowadays. When the audience is not allowed to talk or ask questions and the debaters are not allowed a rebuttal or a question, it`s no longer a debate, it`s just two people taking turns at running their mouths off. Basically, it amounts to nothing more than a sophisticated form of public masturbation.
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    Osprey39 Male 18-29
    1408 posts
    October 2, 2004 at 3:41 pm
    A little over the top. True there are problems with the debate format, but overall the first debate went pretty well. The two-party system is essential for the way our government is set up, so I don`t really see what the problem is.
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    dramastace Female 13-17
    346 posts
    October 2, 2004 at 4:11 pm
    I think having an actual debate would be far more interesting than this set-up. I think candidate to candidate questions and rebuttals would be quite interesting to listen to.

    Just my opinion.

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    Osprey39 Male 18-29
    1408 posts
    October 2, 2004 at 4:27 pm
    I totally agree that there should be candidate to candidate questions. Rebuttals are allowed in this format, I thought.
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    buddy Male 30-39
    10116 posts
    October 2, 2004 at 5:09 pm
    The debate wasn`t so bad, they got a lot of information out. I just wish we could have at least one debate that featured the top third party candidate.
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    pooface Male 18-29
    15 posts
    October 3, 2004 at 2:30 am
    Wow, this is the dumbest list ever. some people will look for any reason to complain. you are only making yourself look stupid. examples:
    #6. the debate excludes third parties.- of course it does you fool, do you want to hear ralph nader talk about how much he loves trees or would you rather hear someone who actually has a chance of winning discuss real issues?
    #4. the audience members must observe in silence.- are you kidding me? is this REALLY a major problem? how does it affect anything? you complain that the debates are too biased but yet you want audience members to be able to cheer like it`s a football game? not only would that waste time but it also shapes peoples opinions. the facts should be the deciding point, not the audience reactions
    #3 the "extended discussion" can only go 30 seconds.- you complain that 30 seconds isn`t enough time to adress the issues... no poo, it`s cause they have ALREADY discussed them, hence EXTENDED? how long do you want the debat
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    Rich_in_VA Male 40-49
    110 posts
    October 4, 2004 at 11:24 am
    There`s certainly nothing sacred about the two party system. The two dominate now, but that could easily change. What founding document can you cite that says our government is set up based on a two party system?

    I agree that some of these are a little silly, but some are valid. The both candidates are going to negotiate this to their advantage; from their perspective there`s no other reason to have them. I`m certainly not going to rely on the debates to make my decision, especially since getting information on the candidates via the Internet is so easy.

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    eastsiderepp Male 18-29
    2620 posts
    October 4, 2004 at 1:36 pm
    Yeah, some of these do make a lot of sense. But look, it`s from NPR.
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    Cindy75 Female 30-39
    790 posts
    October 4, 2004 at 10:54 pm
    Oh, we`ve been snookered. ;-)
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    Malletman Male 18-29
    679 posts
    October 4, 2004 at 10:55 pm
    "Wow, this is the dumbest list ever. some people will look for any reason to complain."

    Perhaps people complain because presidential debates used to actually MEAN something instead of just being a forum for election advertising in a timespan of two minutes?

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