How Republican debates used to be:
How Republican debates look now:
Even I, as someone who is very interested in politics, have stopped watching these debates. There is nothing new to be learned from them, there is nothing of substance. My main criticism is not even directed at the candidates, as embarrassing as some of them may be, but at the moderators:
If someone doesn’t answer your question, interrupt them, and ask them to answer the question. If someone makes outrageous claims and statements, follow up right away. If someone lies, call them out right away. If someone promises to “repeal” laws, ask them how this is the President’s authority. But that would mean that journalists actually had to study the issues themselves, not just report poll numbers and re-play soundbites.
How primary debates (in both parties) should be carried out:
Or maybe it would already help to cool tempers if candidates were given a chair, so that they don’t need to stand for 90 minutes.