As a pollster, I understand how polling numbers can lead to the
misimpression that televised debates never decide presidential elections.
But I first got involved in competitive debate at age 14, and I was
coaching state and national politicians in debate starting at age 20. My
experience taught me that debates can be the difference.
The key to winning televised presidential debates, and ultimately
the election, is for a candidate to come across as being the "aggressor,"
rather than being "aggressive." It's an important distinction.
The "aggressor" is the candidate who answers questions with
forceful language and a laser...