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US Presidential Debates

Introduction

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The presidential debates before an election in the US are without a doubt fascinating viewing, but whether they are actually helpful in terms of persuading people to vote one way or another is a different question. Although it has been said that the debates are a perfect opportunity for the candidates to debate head-to-head about their policies, it has also been argued that by the time the debates actually happen (usually a few weeks before the election) most voters have already made up their mind who they will vote for.

Vocabulary

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  • head-to-head (adverb)
  • candidate (noun)
  • election (noun)
  • opportunity (noun)
  • voter (noun)
  • policy (noun)
  • make up one's mind (idiom)
  • persuade (verb)
  • argue (verb)

The Question

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Are the presidential debates before an election in the US helpful?

Additional Questions

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  • Have you ever watched the US presidential debate?
  • Do you have debates in your country before an election?
  • What are the benefits of having a debate like this before an election?
  • What is the downside of having a debate like this before an election?
  • Overall, do you think these debates help voters decide who they are going to vote for?

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