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Questions tagged [debate]

A debate is a discussion between two or more parties with different viewpoints on a subject, who attempt to show that their opinion is superior to others by defending their reasons.

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Why do UK MPs give way?

User luchonacho asks about the process of MPs giving way in the UK House of Commons. I’m curious as to why MPs give way so frequently when: Parliamentary speaking time is at a premium Interruptions ...
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Why do politicians refuse to answer hypothetical questions?

Often you hear politicians say this "I don't answer hypothetical questions". Why can't hypothetical questions be answered? What are the grounds for politicians justify saying that? Is there a way to ...
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What is the US senate mechanism for members to respond to/challenge each other during debate?

I have been following Dutch politics for a while now, and what makes debates interesting is interruptions; When somebody doesn't agree with what a speaker is saying they can step up to the microphone ...
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Are there any high profile candidates that debate with the aid of the internet?

In any democratic countries, are there examples of high profile political candidates that enter public debates with explicit use of internet resources in real time? The following are some ...
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In parliamentary systems, why does the ruling party bother debating any legislation if they have enough votes to pass whatever they please?

As an example, in the UK the parliament gathers to debate legislation even if the ruling party has 50%+1 votes, which is sufficient to pass any legislation they please. In this scenario, what makes ...
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Calling the opponent insane- logical fallacy name?

Lately I have come across a person answering the other person making an argument by calling them crazy and insane. Not even going into their argument and not using any manipulative tactics. Simply ...
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Why would somebody want to shut down a speaking event? [closed]

In recent months we have had stories, mostly from college campuses, about speaking events being shut down by organized violence, pulling fire alarms and so forth. As I see it there are two outcomes ...
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Are there existing primary accounts of public debate influencing a Congressperson's opinion on a future vote?

There are many videos of interesting speeches by US congressmen where they present a certain law or argue a certain viewpoint. Are there any existing primary accounts, such as quotes from active or ...
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What is the “It was my understanding, that there would be no math” quote based on?

There is a notorious SNL skit where Chevy Chase portrays Gerald Ford at a debate, and to a budgetary question replies: It was my understanding that there would be no math during the debates. Now, I ...
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How can I respond to Whataboutism?

While this uses examples that could be seen as supporting one side or the other, it is intended as a politically neutral question, to the extent that that is possible This has come up more and more ...
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Can the US Senate stop the filibuster by silencing the minority?

In recent years, the Senate has operated under a filibuster rule that 60 votes are needed to end debate and bring an issue to a vote. However, President Trump has encouraged the Senate to "go nuclear"...
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What election is going on? [closed]

I am french and a huge lover of english speaking countries and I have a question : What is actually happening in America right now ? I know there's the debate between Clinton and Trump. What ...
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Are the US presidential debates pre-taped?

Just before the beginning of the third presidential debate, the moderator reminded the audience they needed to keep quiet during the event, and said they would be starting things momentarily "at 3:00."...
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Why do candidates wear “the other team's color” in debates?

It makes sense that someone would wear red and someone would wear blue during a presidential debate. Looking back at previous debates, it's typically as you would expect, the Democrat is wearing a ...
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Why are the candidates allowed to speak after their two minutes runs out?

In most major American debates, the candidates get a fixed amount of time to make their points. In theory, when the clock runs out they're finished. In practice, however, it's possible for a candidate ...