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Opinion: Why America needs presidential debates now more than ever
Diana B. Carlin and Mitchell S. McKinney write that presidential debates are like job interviews, and calls to scrap the 2020 debates ignore the fact that they can, among other things, influence undecided voters.It is unlikely that anyone would make a hiring decision without interviewing them, based only on some combination of the candidate's resume, testimonials from family members, social media comments and scurrilous accusations from anonymous critics. That's why we disagree with those who want to scrap presidential debates, the metaphorical equivalent of a presidential job interview.
If the Las Vegas oddsmakers were handicapping the upcoming Presidential debates, they might be inclined to favor President Donald Trump to win -- and Trump has only himself to blame for that.
After weeks of ham-handedat convincing the electorate that Joe Biden is a doddering fool, Trump has put himself in an impossible situation. He has committed the amateurish political mistake of on his opponent's performance to floor level.
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A low bar is easy to step over. Just ask the twice-elected George W. Bush. Only now, at the 11th hour, is Trump trying to climb out of the hole he's dug for himself by claiming that he assumes Biden, the former Vice President, willn the debates.
So, barring any major cognitive meltdown, Biden should at the very least be able to debate Trump to a draw. That's bad news for Trump, who can ill afford these debates being a wash. Trump is like the heavyweight boxer heading into the bout's final round trailing on points, as. So, he has been throwing political haymakers for weeks. He will likely intensify that strategy during the debates.
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In boxing, a haymaker is a wildly thrown punch, delivered in desperation. If it connects, it can immediately and completely change the outcome of a fight. Most often it doesn't.
Trump has been throwing every haymaker he can think of,Biden is drugged up, that he's senile, that dispatching poor people to terrorize the suburbs, "against God," puppet for a Marxist cabal that will destroy America, and so on.
Trump, trailing Biden on favorability, trust and confidence in seeing the country through the pandemic -- . And, perhaps most crushingly, he was even convention ratings, with Biden's speech drawing more viewers, according to Nielsen.
As Trump's niece, Mary Trump,, "He's grasping at straws."
Not too long ago, Trump was the Teflon candidate. Even numerous indictments of his former associates and advisers, and allegations of sexual misconduct from a long list of women (he vigorously denies them all) haven't been able to put a debilitating dent in him. But as we head into the debates, it appears that Biden suddenly is besting him in the non-stick department. That leaves Trump in a bind. He has tried all of his anti-Biden material in advance, and the audience hasn't bought it.
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Like some second-rate comic, Trump is telling the same jokes from 2016: that he's the Washington outsider, his opponent is a swamp creature, it should be the 1950's all over again and the election is rigged. Four years ago, these attacks may have seemed novel, but now these jabs have little sting. He's proven to be a one-trick phony. Oh, how he must miss Hillary Clinton.
In light of that, one might argue that he's going to unveil some surprise attacks in the debates that help him actually land some punches. But keep in mind we are talking about a President who loves Tweet storming and television watching and(though reports story).
The potential staging of these debates doesn't favor Trump either. Physical distancing will eliminate any possibility of Trump lurking and stalking behind Biden, the weird attempt at intimidation heon Clinton. That's assuming both men will even be on a stage together. The prospect that one or more of the debates might be held virtually must be a terrifying possibility for the Trump camp, given his robotic and wooden delivery when looking straight into a camera.
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Trump needs a crowd to play to; he feeds off the energy an audience provides. Without spectators, Trump has no one to gasp, laugh and dramatically react to his reality show shots,in 2016 that if he were in charge, she'd "be in jail." It was the audience's audible reaction that made that zinger a memorable moment.
The safe prediction is that Trump will attempt to bait Biden into a mud-wrestling match, since that's where Trump feels most comfortable. This potential trap is not lost on Bidenhe's determined to focus his efforts on the issues and not bitter, personal attacks. "I'm looking forward to getting on the debate stage with Trump and holding him accountable ... I think I know how to handle bullies."
So, while Biden might have appeared wobbly during the first two or three Democratic debates, keep in mind, that was 12 debates ago. Biden's much more prepared for this. Trump holding rallies and doing interviews with Fox News isn't even light sparring. Perhaps the only way Trump will win these debates is if he can get someone else to climb into the ring for him.
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