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How To Fix America’s Presidential Debates

How To Fix America’s Presidential Debates

A debate is not meant to be an exchange of scripted remarks, rehearsed rebuttals or an endless series of character attacks. The pointless insults and repetitive talking points should be left for campaign ads, where they belong. For voters to make an informed decision, we need to hear our candidates delve into the issues in a meaningful way.

That’s the reason Intelligence Squared U.S. has launched a petition calling for presidential debate reform. For the 2016 general election, the candidates and the nonprofit that oversees the format, the Commission on Presidential Debates, ought to adopt Oxford-style debate, a proven format that would better demonstrate the candidates’ platforms and ideas.