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U.S. Election Debates Unpacked (Part 3: 2nd Presidential Debate)

With U.S. Presidential Elections quickly approaching (November 8), the candidates have one last chance in the election cycle to win the votes of undecided voters of the Presidential Election Debates.

Since the 1960’s, presidential debates have become extremely important to the democratic process of the U.S. presidential elections. The topics discussed in Presidential debates are often the most controversial issues of the time, and some elections have been nearly decided by these debates. 

On Sunday, October 9, 2016, the 2nd presidential debate of the 2016 General Election will air from 9pm to 10:30 p.m. ET. The debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Join Political Science PhD Candidate, Ryan Barrett, from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis, at America House to take a closer look at democracy through debate. He will guide you through a discussion of the most crucial moments of the 2nd Presidential Debate.

If you would like to watch the entire debate online before our discussion, find information here:

Remember to bring your passport or driver's license.


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