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Analysis of the President Debates

There are going to be three (3) Presidential Debates and One (1) Vice-Presidential Debate. Please answer the following questions and submit a hard-copy in class by November 6, 2012. Students are required to only view one of these debates and answer the following questions. However, for students who failed to submit homework assignments on LucusConnect, you are required to view Three (3) and write your analysis on each debate.

First presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney Topic: Domestic policy
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3

Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT

Location: University of Denver, Denver, Colo.

Moderator: Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS's "NewsHour"

Format: "The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate," according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. "The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic."

Vice presidential debate: Vice President Joe Biden vs. Rep. Paul Ryan Topic: Foreign and domestic topics
Date: Thursday, Oct. 11

Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT

Location: Centre College, Danville, Ky.

Moderator: Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent, ABC News

Format: "The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question."

Second presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney Topic: Foreign and domestic issues
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16

Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT

Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.

Moderator: Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent, CNN, and anchor, CNN's "State of the Union"

Format: "The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization."

Third presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney Topic: Foreign policy
Date: Monday, Oct. 22

Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT

Location: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.

Moderator: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News, and moderator, "Face the Nation"

Format: "The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy."

Please Answer the Following Questions:
Some Questions by Joel Schwartzberg who was ranked among the top ten overall public speakers in America.

1. Did the candidates end their sentences with questions marks, or with periods? The candidates often spoke in imperative sentences ending them with commas. The candidates used sentences ending with question marks sparingly through out the debate. Each candidate addressed their topics by briefly talking about their ideas on the subject and presented information supporting their statements.

2. Did the candidates constantly gesture, or use gestures sparingly? Where did they put their hands when not gesturing? Both candidates communicated good overall body language and used hand gestures often. Most gesturing was used to help convey the idea being expressed by the speakers. When the candidates weren’t using gestures to communicate they let their hands rest at the podium or took notes to prepare a rebuttal while the other was speaking....
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