How does one determine the winner of a Presidential Debate?
After presidential debates, all of America asks the same question: Who won? There is not always one definite winner. As a candidate, your goal is not necessarily to win the debate but to convince the press that you won. Sometimes it is easy to designate a winner. One candidate may be better informed, more forceful, and make better arguments than the other. But recently, it has been unclear as to which candidate won.
One way to determine the winner is by grading a president’s performance with a letter grade. Candidates are sometimes given these grades on substance, style, offence, and defense of their debate performance. These grades are averaged into an overall grade. In the first presidential debate of 2008, one article by Time magazine stated that that McCain’s overall was a B-, and Obama’s overall was an A-. Different press companies may come out with different grades, but this process helps the press to really think deeply about each candidate’s performance.


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