This project is designed to provide an academic take on the debates in the 2015-16 Presidential election cycle. The purpose is to enhance the role of debates in American politics; debates don't just move poll numbers, but contribute to an overall understanding of candidates and issues. We seek to include but move beyond analyses of gaffes and public opinion and provide a reasoned assessment and pick debate winners based on the quality of their positions and strategies.

** Last debate! October 19 in Las Vegas**

Live twitter feed to the right.

Our expert panel will cast their votes after the event.

THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR ISSUES
ACADEMIC RESEARCH Did Nixon really beat Kennedy on the radio? How does the public really evaluate candidates in a debate? Here's our academic research page.
THE PORTAL PICKS THE WINNERS
THE POLLS