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Bell Ringer: Do debates matter in elections?

Do debates matter in elections?

State debate commission officials and political scientists discussed the role that debates play election outcomes. They explained how optics, soundbites and talking points influence how candidates and voters approach debates.

Description

State debate commission officials and political scientists discussed the role that debates play in election outcomes. They explained how optics, soundbites and talking points influence how candidates and voters approach and view debates.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Dr. Green, what factors impact voters' opinions of candidates during and after debates?
  • Based on Dr. Bennion's comments, how can candidate behavior impact voters' perceptions of candidates? What examples does she provide?
  • What is a soundbite? How do candidates try to use soundbites during debates?
  • According to Dr. Green, why do candidates often pivot and talk about other topics when asked direct questions during debates?
  • Based on the speaker, summarize how debates impact elections.

Additional Resources

Participants

Vocabulary

  • Candidates
  • Debates
  • Electorate
  • Fundraising
  • General Election
  • Incumbent
  • Margin
  • Partisan
  • Primary
  • Talking Points
  • Truncate

Topics

Campaigns & ElectionsMedia

Grades

High SchoolUniversity