Game on. Gearing up for the debates…a few pointers:
We were inspired by a memo recently issued by Third Way, a Democratic advisory group — as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The memo offers a slew of helpful hints, including:
— Start by writing your “dream” post-debate headline.
— Develop a list of the three items you MUST say in the debate … use it as a checklist before each answer
— see if you can fit one in your answer.
— Punches are good; counterpunches are better.
— Study what your opponent has been saying, especially in the days just before debate … 90 percent of what your opponent will say in the debate will have come out of his mouth in the week before.
— Begin answers with “yes” or “no” if possible; answer first, then explain. … Voters will see you as candid and responsive.
via Secrets Of Winning The Presidential Debates : NPR.
Lessons are everywhere to be learned. Consider what this Democratic Columbia Law prof learned while sparring against Walter Mondale–playing the role of Ronald Reagan.
Oh, and remember, it matters what you call each other. See this post from The Caucus NYT blog on how naming makes a difference–and what it means.