If you made it through the most recent Democratic primary debates without popping a blood vessel: congrats! The two-night spectacle was supposedly meant to help us decide who we want as our next president, but instead left us tweeting about how terrible it was.
Between the long-shot candidates trying desperately to get a viral moment, the nonstop proliferation of random white dudes, the rehearsed gang-ups on the frontrunners, and Joe Biden calling Cory Booker the “future President,” how were we honestly supposed to concentrate on anyone’s health care plan?
With up to 10 more debates left to go before anyone votes (yes, seriously), there must be a better way. Attention, producers! Here’s how you can get it right next time.
Make it less like a wrestling match.
“The format of these debates is absurd,” said Lauren Rankin, a New York-based communications strategist. “Candidates’ answers were pitted against other candidates to create a feeling of an MMA fight, rather than a substantive discussion.” To avoid the vibe that we’re all sitting ringside, candidates should each be directed to focus on their specific policy before they can start poking holes in anyone else’s.
Let people finish their GD sentences.
I bet this sounds familiar: “My plan to deal with climate change... ” “Thank you Senator, your time is up!” Rankin says, “Candidates are given such a short time to respond that nothing concrete can be answered.” One solution: Give each candidate two minutes, uninterrupted, to explain one of their cornerstone policies.
Prevent anyone from reciting a campaign URL.
Democratic voters know how to use Google—trust. Whereas Biden proved he doesn’t know the difference between his Dot Com and the number you're supposed to text to donate to his campaign when he suggested viewers check out Joe30330.com... a site which now seems to have been purchased by someone named Josh (Joe3030.com, meanwhile, now redirects to Pete Buttigieg’s site).
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