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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    It's not needed, but people do pay for those seats. Also, it's kind of a likeability meter.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonxe View Post
    My friend at another forum brought this up



    Would it be better if there wasn't an audience at these debates? See how there position comes out without a applause or boo. No "oooowww, no he didn't" meaninglessness instigation or the applaud "oh, he is probably correct" when watching on tv.

    Has such a debate happen and do you think this is worth experimenting?

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    Though I don't feel an audience is necessary at the debates, your friend's analysis seems far fetched. I agree with his initial point about politicians intentionally trying to get rounds of applause, but I'd like to see some evidence to back up his claim that when people hear clapping, "most people" think what was said was a good thing. And I have never heard of clapping being used as a mechanism of deafening TV viewers.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    I believe having an audience in debates is good. The politicians get to see the audience react, and it also tests their mettle on stage based on the audience's reaction.

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by ualsdu7777 View Post
    I believe having an audience in debates is good. The politicians get to see the audience react, and it also tests their mettle on stage based on the audience's reaction.
    Plus, we need to see how good each candidate is at public speaking. Any maroon can give an interview.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Not for the purposes of debate, but yes for the purposes of the sponsors wanting to make some cash.

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Audience in Debates is very much needed Needed.

    If you find the Audience to be annoying, a distraction or you just don't like the applause, think about this.

    The Audience adds a little pressure to the Candidates and it shows who has the personal and stage presents to operate under the gun so to speak.

    Anyone can can talk one on one with a Moderator but some people can't deal with a crowd and if that is the case they are in the wrong business.

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Audience in Debates is very much needed Needed.

    [B]If you find the Audience to be annoying, a distraction or you just don't like the applause, think about this.

    The Audience adds a little pressure to the Candidates and it shows who has the personal and stage presents to operate under the gun so to speak.[B]

    Anyone can can talk one on one with a Moderator but some people can't deal with a crowd and if that is the case they are in the wrong business.
    That may be true...but the main reason a lot of folks are critical of the audiences in some of these GOP debates is that the candidates too often seem to spew bull**** they don't actually mean simply to garner an audience reaction.

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    That may be true...but the main reason a lot of folks are critical of the audiences in some of these GOP debates is that the candidates too often seem to spew bull**** they don't actually mean simply to garner an audience reaction.
    which tells us plenty about the candidates, doesn't it?

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    That may be true...but the main reason a lot of folks are critical of the audiences in some of these GOP debates is that the candidates too often seem to spew bull**** they don't actually mean simply to garner an audience reaction.
    They all do it though, so I don't know if I fault them too much for it.
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