Presidential debates good for voters, says expert
September 30th, 2012
05:42 PM ET
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Presidential debates good for voters, says expert

(CNN) - Presidential candidate debates rarely, if ever, change an election's outcome, but they tend to be good for voters, a specialist in political campaign communication told CNN Sunday.

"People tend to look for little moments that encapsulate the whole campaign," said Bill Benoit, a professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University in Athens. He cited the 1992 debate between Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush, in which the latter's glance at his watch was interpreted by some observers as revealing impatience and aloofness.


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  1. Rick McDaniel

    At least you won't have the media doctoring the words, before you hear them.

    September 30, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    .......Romney blank space like blank brain??? I ask two things, a. Why doesn't he show 12 years of taxes, because I don't believe last yrars because he is preparing to run. B. what does he mean by 47% comment?

    September 30, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Romney Said Let Them Eat Cake

    Romney will probably drop in the polls after the debates. He does not know which end is up. Romney will probably have a Bain flashback and decide to buy The USA and outsource our military.

    September 30, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. CBR

    The debates will be good as long as both candidates give complete answers and try to explain their ideas and vision. If they start trying to one-up each other the debates will not be good.

    It would help to leave the hype out. All of the statements by pundits and others about the debates do not help anyone. May we just have a civilized debate so we may get the opportunity to measure their statements and performance ourselves.

    September 30, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. John Oboho

    Romney is out of touch elitist mormon.Remember his not caring about the other half of Americans?

    October 1, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |