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    Cheering at Debates

    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.
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    I don't know, at all.
    All in all, these clowns have yet to truly debate..
    Its mostly pandering and campaigning.
    Very little debating...
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    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.
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    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.

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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Last nights debate wasn't too bad, given previous ones. However, is this is what we are bound for when dealing with debates, we are in they are loud, obnoxious, and poorly behaved. I can't imagine if this continues into the general election.
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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.
    This, this, and this.

    To me they aren't really debates anyway, but rather a series of mini-speeches.

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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    I read the title as "Cheering at diabetes", and thought people were cheering at Paula Dean having diabetes.
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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    I think it's mainly good and normal for an audience to react to whatever they see onstage.


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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    I think it's mainly good and normal for an audience to react to whatever they see onstage.
    Disagree, it's not a sporting event!

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    Re: Cheering at Debates

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    Disagree, it's not a sporting event!
    It's a competition. I think audience participation (within reason) is perfectly normal and acceptable even if it really annoys me sometimes.


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