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Barack Obama (D) John McCain (R)
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Which Candidate will win the Presidential Debate?

which prep strategy will win the debate?

Here at CreateDebate, we're following the elections closely, especially the debate coverage. A recent cnn article about how Obama and McCain are preparing for their Presidential debate shows their respective attitudes and strategies. McCain is continuing to campaign as usual, fitting in practice sessions and preparations with his aides when they can. Obama has cleared his schedule and is training and preparing by looking through old footage of McCain debates, practicing with an aide playing the part of McCain.

McCain will prioritize the debate practice on Thursday, and doesn't have a person dedicated to giving rebuttals and cross-talk. At this point, they're reviewing facts and questions that are likely to come up.

The two approaches focus on different aspects of the debate. Obama is prepping hard for the activity of debating, making sure he's ready for the pace and actions involved in exposing weaknesses in arguments, crafting your own arguments so they withstand fire from your opponent. At this point McCain is concentrating on the facts, the technicalities that underlie the debate. He's memorizing facts and figures that will support his argument when he finally makes them.

Obviously both candidates are preparing for all parts of the debate, but at this point an analogy might be that if they were teams preparing for a big game. The McCain team is running drills, concentrating on their fundamentals. The Obama team is doing scrimmages and running game tape to analyze the opponent for weaknesses. They are concentrating on the overall game.

Which of the Candidates do you think will be better prepared?

Barack Obama (D)

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John McCain (R)

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The way that McCain tried to postpone the debates using the financial situation as an excuse to not have them right away shows that he's not ready. If he was ready, he wouldn't be worried about a couple hours of debate mixed in with his schedule. It's a bad sign for a presidential candidate when they can't handle more than one thing at a time.

Supporting Evidence: commentary about mccain postpone request (
Side: Barack Obama
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