Presidential Debates

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While Republican candidates for president have so far logged two debates (and one forum) this election cycle, Democrats are arguing over the timing and number of their own primary debates.

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Before Carter versus Ford, presidential debates weren’t considered a necessary part of the election process, but today, the debate stage is like the Roman Coliseum.

On today’s show, we’ll look at the history of zingers, gaffes, and memorable moments from behind the podium. Then, with a pool of candidates growing at a near exponential rate, debate planning has become a headache for the GOP. We’ll look at how party leaders and the media could take advantage of the enormous field.

The Debate Over Presidential Debates

Jun 8, 2015
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New TV network criteria stir controversy, as the field of contenders for the twenty-sixteen presidential election grows. We’ll look at how organizers are managing this large group of candidates, and the impact it has on campaign strategies of both prominent and lesser known politicians.

After last night President Obama and Governor Romney have squared off three times along with one event starring the VP candidates.  Lots of issues have been covered from the economy to foreign policy and many times the tone was contentious.  We’ll look at who won these debates…who may have received a 'bump' from them and how we’ll continue to hear the themes that were raised up until election day. 

Guests

Fact-Checking the Debates

Oct 23, 2012

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More Specifically: We're talking debate memes, and how they are made.

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Last night, millions watched, listened, or otherwise followed last night’s the first debate between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Romney appears the clear winner on Twitter, in snap polls, and even in President Obama’s campaign. Yesterday we spoke to Laura Rochette, co-advisor of the debate team at St. Paul’s School, the prep school where Massachusetts Senator John Kerry got his debating chops.

Sheryl Rich-Kern

About 50 students and faculty members gathered at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm’s Wednesday night to watch the debate.

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In Denver, president Obama and republican nominee Mitt Romney faced off in the first of three forums. The focus was domestic policy - from jobs to taxes to federal debt. We're playing back some debate highlights, covering the major themes....and are including your thoughts in our conversation.

GUESTS:

Wayne Lesperance – professor of political science at New England College and director of the Center for Civic Engagement

President Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, engaged Thursday night in a sometimes spirited, but always cordial, debate that got very technical at times.

It was the "corporate executive" (Romney) vs. the "government professor" (Obama) and the GOP nominee appeared to be "full of confidence and full of sales pitch," NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving says, while Obama put pressure on the Republican to explain what he would do as president.

NHPR  will air special coverage for all the presidential debates and the vice presidential debate on October 3, 11, 16 and 22.  In addition, WNYC Radio's "Swing State Radio Network"  in New York is providing a special one-hour live call-in show that will air from 8 - 9 p.m. before each debate specifically for the swing states. 

Oct. 3: First presidential debate on domestic policy

Jonathan Lynch

Members of Occupy New Hampshire returned to Manchester Saturday to demonstrate outside of the Republican Presidential Debate at St. Anselm's College and spread their message of economic inequality.

Nearly five months after Occupy New Hampshire’s last tents were torn down in Veteran’s Park, the ninety-nine percenters returned to Manchester to demonstrate against what they perceive to be growing economic inequality across the nation.