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Undecided: 9th Democratic PResidential Debate

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Disability & Politics

Tweet by Alex Burns, NYT -- “Theatrical stuff aside, @CNN debate is an excellent distillation of the most important differences between the candidates.”

By the end, I was doubting even that. Watching this debate was unpleasant. Clinton and Sanders have clashed and gotten personal before, but not like this. As Paul Begala of CNN said afterwards, these two candidates are clearly “done with each other.” 

Deepish Thoughts From A Contentious Debate: 8th Democratic Presidential Debate

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Disability & Politics

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m burned out on debates. There were moments during Wednesday night’s Democratic Presidential debate when I wanted to shove an ice pick into my left ear, just for a bit of distraction.

It was still a more issue-centered, substantive debate than many we have seen, but only because both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton tried to steer things back to real issues, while the moderators took every opportunity to bait them with accusations of inconsistency and hypocrisy.

A Bit of Republican Tone Policing: 12th Republican Presidential Debate

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Disability & Politics

The last Republican Presidential Primary debate stood out from all the others in one respect: tone.

It was obvious from the very start. The Republican Party Chairman gave a surreal address to the crowd … and, presumably, the candidates … reminding them to behave themselves if they want to beat the Democrats in the Fall. It seemed like the candidates heard and listened. While they did tear into each other again later in the debate, the debate itself was much more substantive and far more calm. Trump, in particular, showed that he is fully able to deliver his message without yelling and without obvious, up-front contempt for his rivals … when it suits him. It’s all relative of course, but the difference was dramatic, and lasted pretty much through the whole event.

Just Stop It: 7th Democratic Presidential Debate

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It took me longer than usual to write this post about Sunday’s Democratic debate. I thought I knew what I wanted to say shortly after the debate ended, but then I went to bed. I woke up the next morning to find two very different worlds of Internet comment about one aspect of what was, in general, a pretty good debate.

No Midwestern Sensibility Here: Democratic Debate #7

Emily MunsonBy Emily Munson
Disability & Politics

Flint, Michigan was home to Sunday night's Democratic debate. The city received media spotlight after it was discovered that residents have been drinking lead-contaminated water. Both Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have criticized government leaders for failing to take necessary action to keep residents safe and repair deteriorating pipes. Thus, the debate was poised to focus on issues such as the relationship between government and health, federal obligations to individual communities, and social programs for the underprivileged. While some of these topics were discussed, the candidates again failed to deliver for voters with disabilities.

Moderators Please! Ask A Disability Question!: 11th Republican Debate

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Well, that was … something. I’m not sure it was a debate, but it was certainly something.

Kasich had his best night yet on Thursday in Detroit, but rather wimped out at the end. Rubio was kind of funny and tried real hard to bully Trump rather than the other way ‘round. And Cruz showed that his sense of humor tends towards ironic condescension … effective in small doses, but not an attractive quality. As for Trump, on the substance he was badly beaten, but it won’t make much difference, maybe none at all. He seems to be immune to the usual standards by which candidates are judged.

A Poorly Endowed Debate

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I am horrified by last night’s Republican debate, and not merely because it opened with discussion of the size of Donald Trump’s genitalia. Conservative values have long esteemed personal dignity, self-discipline, and competence. Yet frontrunners Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio demonstrated that they are willing to push these values aside to scandalize the competition. To his credit, John Kasich stayed out of the fray, informing the FOX News moderators that he would not be baited into personal attacks, preferring to focus on policy.

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