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Presidential Debates Matter – Ads Alone Won’t Get Someone Elected

Fellow Adam Goodman explores the importance of presidential debates, in an op-ed for Fox News.

There is a school of thought that suggests presidential candidate debates have become more relics than relevant – that they have run their course and that spending big dollars on ads and campaign workers will overwhelm anything that happens on a live stage.

Those who believe that didn’t witness former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s difficult first debate last week, after which his favorability dropped 20 points, debunking the delusion that money can buy you anything you want.

And those who believe debates don’t matter must not have watched the debate Tuesday night in South Carolina as well, where seven Democratic presidential contenders attacked each other to get the right to run against President Trump in November.

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