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Wed Oct 5, 2016, 12:33 PM

 

Do you think candidates would ever agree to mic off/on in sync with the timer?

I've always wondered why, if interruptions and going "past your time" is such a big deal in debates, why the hosts don't just sync the mics to turn off and on depending on whose turn it is to speak and how much time they're given?

Or would the candidates never agree to this?

Or maybe the networks secretly love the interrupting, combative style because it makes for better drama?

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Reply Do you think candidates would ever agree to mic off/on in sync with the timer? (Original post)
MadDAsHell Oct 2016 OP
Lisa0825 Oct 2016 #1
dae Oct 2016 #4
Divine Discontent Oct 2016 #2
dae Oct 2016 #3
frazzled Oct 2016 #5
katmondoo Oct 2016 #6
awoke_in_2003 Oct 2016 #9
Nitram Oct 2016 #7
irisblue Oct 2016 #8
pinboy3niner Oct 2016 #10

Response to MadDAsHell (Original post)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 12:34 PM

1. I think your last point nails it.

But I really wish they would try it!!! It drives me nuts when they interrupt and talk all over each other!

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Response to Lisa0825 (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 12:50 PM

4. Ditto

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Response to MadDAsHell (Original post)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 12:45 PM

2. I am for that, and 15 seconds of add-on time they can press a button and add on....

up to 3 minutes during a debate (so twelve 15 second add-ons), otherwise, their mic goes silent until it's discussion time and they can be talking over each other until the next 2 minute question begins.

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Response to MadDAsHell (Original post)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 12:48 PM

3. Showing manners would be nice, especially if your

opponent does not have any.

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Response to MadDAsHell (Original post)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 12:56 PM

5. I've always thought they should have a bell go off for viewers to hear

So that everyone is aware if a candidate is bogarting the mic. It's fine to finish up in 15 or 20 seconds after the signal, but I saw it get really abused last night.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 01:10 PM

6. Sometimes you just have to

A debate means a challenge not a speech

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Response to frazzled (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 09:12 PM

9. They play music at the Oscars

 

when people go on too long.

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Response to MadDAsHell (Original post)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 01:32 PM

7. I think it should be tried. I like the idea to have a button that adds an extra 15 seconds.

The button will work once and then is inert for 5 minutes.

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Response to MadDAsHell (Original post)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 01:43 PM

8. I wanted an airhorn last night

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Response to MadDAsHell (Original post)

Wed Oct 5, 2016, 09:17 PM

10. When time is up they could just play sad trombone

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