I love watching political debates with a DVR. There’s nothing like being able to pause the debate so the candidates can benefit from my sage advice or criticism developed over my many years of political, economic, and foreign policy experience.
That said, I have the following debate advice for the candidates:
Stay focused and be concise.
Keep your arguments and comments accurate.
Eye contact with the camera.
Never, EVER wink at the camera again if you want to be taken seriously.
Not answering the question doesn’t make you a maverick, it makes you look uninformed.
Overall, the presidential debate of 9/26 was a dead heat. I don’t think either side won ground that day. It was one of the best presidential debates I have ever seen. Frankly, both McCain and Obama did a great job. The last time I enjoyed a debate as much was Clinton v G.H. Bush.
Historically, the vice presidential debate is hardly ever a deal maker or breaker – and its just as well for both parties. When speaking in interviews off the cuff, Biden can make ridiculous and wildly historically inaccurate claims. On the other hand, the Palin – Couric interviews made it clear that Palin can’t speak off script.