Why Thursday’s Debate Matters (But Most Others Don’t)

Posted: August 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Why Thursday’s Debate Matters (But Most Others Don’t)

RCP ^ | 08/05/2015 | David Byler

Posted on 8/5/2015, 9:50:59 AM by SeekAndFind

“I was thinking of setting myself on fire” — that’s how former Mitt Romney strategist Stuart Stevens felt in January 2012. His candidate was in the midst of a marathon of primary debates and he despaired at the draining, repetitive nature of the events, saying they had a “‘Groundhog Day’ quality” to them.

Stevens’ despair about that campaign cycle’s torturously repetitious series of debates highlights a simple but oft-forgotten fact about these events: Candidates may put a lot of effort into preparing for debates, but they don’t usually move the polls.

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