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This study responds to The Racine Group's (2002) call for campaign debate research that explores “the trans-campaign effects of debates on such matters as voting behavior, image formation, and attitude change” (p. 199). Our analysis of debate effects from 2000 to 2012 provides a number of...
This study examined face threats in nine Republican primary debates preceding the primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Arizona. Debate transcripts were coded according to level of face threat, target of message, and subject of disagreement. Results indicate that these...
This study examines the Republican primary debates from the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. With a weak economy, numerous Republicans vied to challenge President Barack Obama who was completing his first term in office. Of course, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney eventually seized the...
This essay offers a comprehensive framework for the investigation of presidential debate humor. Given the importance of presidential debates for educating and persuading voters and the ubiquity of humor in debate events, it stands to reason that communication research would benefit by a deepened...
This study examined the effects of tweeting while watching a presidential debate (live-tweeting) during the 2012 U.S. election. We examined candidate evaluations and debate attitudes for participants who did and did not tweet while watching a presidential or vice presidential debate. We found...
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