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Don't have such scripted / complicated answers to questions that you'll end up forgetting things


Particular debates

1960 election

1976 election

1992 election

2012 election

Joe Biden is a good debater. A lot of that is probably just because he has been in Congress for so long that he has a really good grasp of the topics.

2016 election

  • This is the one that was on CNN, with the Reagan Air Force One in the background.
  • The format is a bit messy...candidates are rewarded for butting in, so you end up with a rush of people to try to talk all at the same time.


  • My favorites: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, John Kasich
  • John Kasich
  • Rand Paul
    • He comes across as very intelligent.
    • Appearance
      • His hair doesn't look good, it looks greasy.
      • He also has bags under his eyes.
  • Jeb Bush
    • I had no idea his wife was Mexican. Honestly that makes him a lot more likable to me, it makes him seem a lot more open-minded.
  • Marco Rubio
    • He gave a informed answer about what to think about the situation in Syria, immediately after Trump gave a bad answer.
    • He gave a really good answer about speaking Spanish to potential voters.
    • He was good about not getting interrupted, not speaking too long.
    • I'm getting the sense that he must have practiced a lot.
  • Ted Cruz
    • He comes off as really fake.
    • He also also keeps talking.
  • Carly Fiorina
    • She had a brilliant response (probably the perfect response) to the moderator's question about Trump's comment about "look at that face".
      • It was short, so she didn't get interrupted, she was able to speak in a clear, calm way.
      • I should really get that quote / video.
  • Scott Walker
    • "I'm the only one on this stage that ..."
    • "I want the people at home to know: if I am Commander in Chief, I will ..."
    • "I give you my word, if I'm elected President, ..."
  • Mike Huckabee
    • "John Kennedy said we'd put a man on the moon within a decade, why can't we ..."

"What would you do right now to deal with the Syria situation?"

  • Trump gave a bad answer, empty of any substance. It was clear he didn't have a grasp on the situation.
  • Marco Rubio gave a really, really good answer immediately afterwards.
  • It made it clear that the way for Trump's challengers to take him down is to get the debate as specific as possible.