See the Tricks Candidates Use During Debates

Sep 30, 2016
Ideas

To win a debate, politicians rely on a variety of tactics, from shifting the blame to throwing personal attacks and opponents.

In a new video from the digital short film series We the Voters: 21 Films for the People, Scandal's Josh Malina and Spin City's Richard Kind break down the standard argument devices typically employed during political debates.

From creating doubt over facts and an opponent's character to sharing unverified anecdotes, watch the video for the full breakdown.

We the Voters: 21 Films for the People describes itself as "a nonpartisan digital slate of 21 short films designed to inform, inspire and activate voters nationwide with fresh perspectives on the subjects of democracy, elections and governance in the lead up to the 2016 elections." The series is produced by Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions and the production company Show of Force in partnership with sales and distribution company FilmBuff.


Ideas
TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary on events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors.
All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.