# (2) 03 Oct 2008, 08:59AM: If The Election Debates Were Like High School Debate:
Posted by Mollie Marr at 03 Oct 2008, 01:56PM
If the debate style were Lincoln-Douglas, candidates would be expected to have a working knowledge of past and present political, economic, and social philosophy and a substantial knowledge of the historical context of their particular resolution. They would also have to research a new resolution every two months and would be required to merge philosophical and policy evidence into working arguments. Their depth of knowledge on 6 different topics would be tested and unclear arguments would be verbally tackled by their opponents during cross-examination. In addition to winning or losing the debate, speaker points are awarded to the debaters based on their eloquence, poise, delivery, and knowledge.
Posted by Martin at 03 Oct 2008, 06:00PM
If the debate style were "Dramatic Interpretation", candidates would be expected to recite a Monty Python sketch.