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| Clip Of CBS Republican Presidential Candidates Debate

Bell Ringer: Audience Participation at Debates


Frank Fahrenkopf briefed the audience on proper etiquette and standards of conduct at the general election presidential debate. The second clip shows an exchange between Donald Trump and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) from a Republican primary debate with audience reactions.

3 minutes

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Frank Fahrenkopf, what is the expected conduct of an audience member during a general election debate? Why do you think the Commission on Presidential Debates deems this important?
  • Describe the audience reactions during the exchange between Donald Trump and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
  • In your opinion what is the impact and influence of vocal audience participation and reactions during a debate? Do you think audience reactions and participation should be allowed during presidential debates? Explain your reasoning.



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