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

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Conversation Summary

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.

Questions

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

Key Vocabulary

  • Debate noun/verb
  • Head-to-head adverb
  • Candidate noun
  • Election noun
  • Opportunity noun
  • Vote noun/verb
  • Voter noun
  • Policy noun
  • Make up one’s mind idiom
  • Persuade verb
  • Argue verb
  • Fascinating adjective
  • Helpful adjective
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