Question of the Day: Do Presidential Debates Matter?

Do you expect upcoming presidential debates to sway your vote?

The consensus after the first presidential debate was that Republican candidate Mitt Romney won the debate with President Barack Obama.

But does that really matter? A recent article in The Washington Post states that analysts differ on the question. Some point to debates with John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, which Kennedy clearly won on style and which may have moved the close election in his favor. Others say a debate win is only a temporary victory. What do you think? 

Obama and Romney will meet again on Tuesday Oct. 16 and Monday, Oct. 22. Will you be watching?

Do presidential debates sway votes? If so, why? If not, will you still watch?


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