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Don't believe the hype about presidential debates | Transatlantic Voices | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

Pundits have called the US presidential debates Mitt Romney's last best chance to win the race. Not so fast, says Vincent Michelot. Debates can change the outcome of the election, but only under certain circumstances.

Do the debates between presidential candidates really matter? The short answer: It depends. How important are the upcoming three debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? In a nutshell: Not very much.

In general, the significance of debates and their impact on the result of the elections are vastly overblown by the press which loves dramatic acts and game-changers. They are part of those campaign rituals which are supposedly turning points three days before and two days after. But they vanish in the distance of insignificance when political scientists look at an election a year later with hard data at hand.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:25:02 PM EST
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