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Two studies, of the 2000 and 2004 presidential debates, were conducted to determine the extent to which audience members relied on constructs of politeness or advocacy skills to evaluate candidates' messages in debates. Results from pre-debate responses as to the importance of these skills and...
The 2004 Bush-Kerry town hall departed from earlier such debates. The subject matter of questions lacked the highly personal and often parochial quality of those posed in earlier town hall debates, and the debate was not the genteel encounter conventional wisdom anticipated. (Questions were more...
This study content analyzed the seven American vice presidential debates held in 1976 and from 1984–2004. Acclaims were more common than attacks, which in turn occurred more frequently than defenses. Vice presidential candidates attacked more and defended less in debates than presidential...
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