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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    Disagree, it's not a sporting event!
    Funny you mention that. Santorum reminded me of a UFC fighter before a big bout, talkin' trash about his opponent with no regard for fact or his own ****ty position.
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    I don't have a problem with the crowd cheering and getting involved. I just don't want it to get to the point where it gets to the point where the candidates can't deliver their message over the crowd, but that's usually not a problem.
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Cheering should be performed through applause. Jeering should be performed through silence. Vocal sounds should be reserved for wrestling matches.
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    It's a competition. I think audience participation (within reason) is perfectly normal and acceptable even if it really annoys me sometimes.
    Well yes it is a competition, but only insofar as its a competition to see who can say the most lies about other candidates or who can most pandor to the audience.
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    I think the audience reaction at these Republican debates has been more enlightening than the debates themselves. What do the partisans get super excited about?

    Raucus applause for:

    -- torture
    -- execution
    -- letting poor sick people die
    -- blaming poor people for being poor
    -- killing our enemies
    -- bashing the media

    Angry booing for:

    -- suggesting that bin Laden was reacting to U.S. foreign policy (as opposed to, presumably, just hating our freedom)
    -- gay soldiers
    -- the golden rule.

    What Makes A GOP Debate Audience Cheer? Or Jeer? | The New Republic

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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    I've seen some criticisms of the Republicans cheering at the Primary debates. As you can see by my leaning...I'm not a huge fan of what they are cheering for, but I do like to see participation by the voters at these debates. I don't like the idea of a moderator and Presidential canidates with us just silent viewers. The people should be able to show their thoughts and the canidates should play to the crowd in my view.
    All things in moderation. But do appreciate hearing the emotion/reaction of the audience.

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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    I think the audience reaction at these Republican debates has been more enlightening than the debates themselves. What do the partisans get super excited about?

    Raucus applause for:

    -- torture
    -- execution
    -- letting poor sick people die
    -- blaming poor people for being poor
    -- killing our enemies
    -- bashing the media

    Angry booing for:

    -- suggesting that bin Laden was reacting to U.S. foreign policy (as opposed to, presumably, just hating our freedom)
    -- gay soldiers
    -- the golden rule.

    What Makes A GOP Debate Audience Cheer? Or Jeer? | The New Republic

    Sure makes me glad to be a Democrat.


    Total distortion of reality. But you already know that, eh....??


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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    It really makes no difference. These debates are free commercials and soundbite generators. Nothing more.

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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by Cole View Post
    Total distortion of reality. But you already know that, eh....??
    No, it actually was not a distortion at all. Clips at the link above. Don't blame you for being embarrassed, though. I'd be horrified if I was in that camp.

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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    During last night's debate the issue of abortion came up and all of the candidates answered....except Paul. The moderator made a move to present the next question and the audience immediately responded by shouting "Let Paul speak!". This kind of participation is fine, IMO. Where the line is crossed, I think, is when audience members become rabid psychopaths, cheering for the blatantly disrespectful commentary or actions. For example, Santorum was the king of smarm last night, making untrue and rude comments towards the other candidates...and he was cheered at least a few times for it. That, to me, is lowbrow.
    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Yeah, I wasn't too impressed by the rowdy audience at the debate. Debates are supposed to be about hearing the views of various candidates about issues, not drowning some out with boos and holding the responses of others with wild cheers. The people in that audience weren't the only ones wanting to hear the candidates. It was televised for a reason. They were too raucus and adolescent for my taste.
    These.

    I don't mind clapping for a well made point, but cheering disrespectful comments crosses the line. The debate last Saturday sounded like they were in a bar. It was intrusive to the TV viewing audience. I would have been equally annoyed to have been sitting there too.

    *I'm not voting because some participation is good, but not all.
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