Ok, weird I don't see any threads/blogs in here in regards to Oct. 3rd and the presidential debate-pro's con's or what-ever for people to discuss. So I thought I would put my son's article from the newspaper today to give a bit of food for thought.
What we can learn from the debates
By my son
Coming up on Oct. 3, will be the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. This year is my second season of debate for my High School. As such, I will be taking a lot of what I have learned and what I compete with to analyze each speaker at the presidential debate.
Before I even begin listening to the arguments themselves, I first will look at each speaker. I will look for various qualities of body language. Examples would be if they are confident and open to the public or the opposite. I will look for their eye contact as well as listen to their speech to determine their confidence as well as their emotions from their tone.
After looking at these qualities, I will analyze their speeches as well as their answers to questions and issues. In debate we have what we call stock issues which determine who wins a round. The main ones that will apply to the presidential debate would be significance, how important the issue is; and solvency, if their plan will actually solve an issue.
Another thing we look for in debate is their advantages, what good will come from their plan that isn’t part of the problem they are solving.
In debate, one of the most important things, if not the most important thing, is evidence. Evidence shows reasons to support the plan and reasons to believe the plan will solve the problem. In debate, if you do not have evidence, you can’t compete very well. In the presidential debate, I will be looking to see what evidence each speaker will bring up to address issues and questions as well as to support their own plans should they be elected or re-elected.
This presidential debate will be one of the most important debates to me personally, as it will affect me and my future as well as the fact that this will be the first presidential debate I get to watch after debating competitively. I strongly encourage others to watch the presidential debate. For those undecided, I encourage you to look for some of the similar things that I described above to help you determine which candidate to vote for.
In closure, I will be watching this debate to learn a lot, and I regret the fact that I will not be able to vote because I am only 15 years of age. For those of you who can, I encourage you to vote as you can help change the future of America because your vote does matter.