I thought presidential debates we designed to publicly and formally allow candidates to state facts and detail their plans for governing over the next four years. The debate is a discussion between the parties on why one plan will work better than the other plan. The moderator is in control directing the candidates to discuss their differences within each topic.
So what was that last night? It sure didn't seem like a presidential debate. I don't know what to call it.
More disturbing is that TV stations had teams of political experts waiting in the studios checking facts. Well-timed graphics flashing 'TRUE' or 'FALSE' following the candidates' statements caused me to wonder, how, oh how, are voters supposed to believe anything the two POTUS candidates say?
Most disturbing were the looks on the candidates faces. Did they know the cameras were on them when they weren't talking? A smug grin, grimace, wince, nod and other facial expressions were used instead of stepping up and defending their points. SMH
I'm looking forward to round 2. I hope in the next debate there will be a better moderator (sorry but Jim Lehrer was totally ineffective), candidates will appear more presidential and er, ok, uh, more prepared for the job and someone will step up and save Big Bird.