The presidential debate won’t be a game changer | The Globe and Mail

Published: 30 September 2020

September 30, 2020 | "But don’t expect Tuesday’s debate between the two men running for the U.S. presidency – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden – to make much of a difference to the election outcome. Or any difference at all. That’s because American presidential debates – a relatively recent addition to White House campaigns, first coming in 1960, some 172 years after the initial U.S. election – seldom produce important turning points."

In this piece, David Shribman, a Max Bell School Associate Professor and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of U.S. politics, discussed the impact that presidential debates have on election outcomes. He argues that, from observing past trends, the impending debates are unlikely to significantly affect November's presidential results. 

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