#Ballot2020: Debating debates: The impact of presidential debates in today’s politics

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

5 p.m. PT


Presidential debates have been around since the 1960s. After almost 60 years things had to have changed right? Debates are held to strict rules and conventions. What are they? How do they work? Are debates effective and how different are they from that first debate between Kennedy and Nixon? How are debates judged, both by pundits and the general public? All these questions and more will be answered by our panel of experts in a one-hour pre-show. Come join the conversation.


  • Shaniqua McClendon, Political Director at Crooked Media
  • Vince Gonzales, USC Annenberg Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Director for Graduate Journalism