As you all know, the first Presidential Debate is tonight. This thread is not to debate “Win of Lose”…but rather to debate “Who do debates really convince”?
Historically, other than perhaps Kennedy/Nixon and Reagan/Modale, I don’t think that the debates sway anyone one way or another. Even THOSE two debates did more to solidify one canidates position than anything else.
My feeling is that the Debates are REALLY for “convincing” the Political Pundits, other politicians and the media. In turn, it’s THESE groups that truly have the power to sway public opinion…or at least “nudge” that person who is truly undecided as they are going into the voting booth.
So…my thought…the Debates are more for those who truly sway public opinion…pundits, politicians and the media.
What are you guys thoughts?