Presidential debate: Town hall format poses risks, rewards

CBS News – For candidates who want to prepare for every possible question that could be thrown at them, the format for Tuesday night’s presidential debate is slightly terrifying: It is a town hall-style debate, which means that the questions come from uncommitted voters. When political reporters are posing the questions, the candidates usually have a good idea what to expect. But when members of the public get the chance to weigh in, the candidates can sometimes face curve balls that leave them flummoxed.

Town hall debates, which allow the candidates to roam the stage, also elevate the importance of body language. more>


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