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I normally do not assign more than one of the presidential debates as a discussion topic, but Sunday’s debate waded into uncharted territory. The first 20 minutes of the debate saw a level of combativeness between the two candidates that’s not been seen in modern American Politics. The particularly aggressive tone of the debate was a result of the release of a tape that has Donald Trump engaging in sexist “locker room” banter in regards to a married woman. Many prominent Republicans denounced Trump over the weekend and some went so far as to call or him to step down. Trump had suffered a large drop in support following his performance in the first debate and the release of this tape will almost certainly exacerbate his loss of support.
It’s with this in mind that I direct you to the video of Sunday’s debate. I’m going to reuse the direction from the first discussion over the debate:
For your paper you could take a position on many factors including, but not limited to, who won the debate, the performance of the moderator, the truth/untruth of some claim or statement made by a candidate, etc. You could even take some observation about the debate process itself and expand on that (without taking a position). You could also weigh in on the fallout from the release of the tape. Should Trump withdraw from the race? Why or why not?
There will be many things you could write about it so be sure that you pick one thing in particular. Avoid stringing together a series of observations that lack any in depth analysis. Even though a question like “who won the debate” is a matter of purely subjective opinion, you are still expected to support your position with evidence.
Access Hollywood Video: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-recorded-having-extremely-lewd-conversation-about-women-in-2005/2016/10/07/3b9ce776-8cb4-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html
Video of the debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyDSCKYz5sA
I normally do not assign more than one of the presidential debates as a discussion topic, but Sunday’s debate waded into uncharted territory. The first 20 minutes of the debate saw a level of combativeness between the two candidates that’s not been seen in modern American Politics.