Presidential Debates

Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2016 02:33 pm
The moderators on the presidential debates never say whether the candidates were provided with the questions prior to the debate. Is each candidate told the questions he/she will be asked prior to the debate? Whatever the answer to that is, why is it not announced by the moderator?
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2016 09:40 pm
I have never heard of any debate moderators ever providing the candidates the questions prior to a debate. Doesn't matter if it's a presidential debate, Senatorial debate, Gubernatorial debate, Mayoral debate, High School class president debate, or any other type of debate. Candidates do not know what the questions are going to be. Some debates are specific topics. For example, there may be a debate that will only cover international topics. In that particular case the candidates might know in advance the topic, but not know the specific questions to that topic. When candidates are preparing for a debate, they will obviously try to predict and anticipate what the questions are going to be. If you are provided the questions in advance, that wouldn't really be a debate.

Debates are used to test your knowledge on various topics and issues. Debates are also used to test your ability to think on your feet. That's the reason debaters are not provided the questions in advance.
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