October 2nd, 2012
07:07 PM ET
10 years ago

In debates, presidential candidates' tics and tells matter

Washington (CNN) - When Mitt Romney is agitated, his arms flail. President Barack Obama has a tendency to drone on and on. Debate experts say both should keep those quirks in check during the upcoming presidential debates.

That's because in the world of political theater, nobody likes a ham or a know-it-all, said Melissa Wade, a debate professor at Emory University.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. jaimie

    Romney ........ No honesty no integrity

    October 2, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. jaimie

    Romney and Ryan .......... Laurel and Hardy of the 2012 Presidential campaign

    October 2, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |

    Is this a silly game of poker or a serious political debate about the issue that we face as a nation?
    We should concentrate on the policies offered by each candidate.
    Stop trying to dumb it down

    October 2, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder who will make the more notable.

    October 2, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |