Did you hear two separate public education policies?
Neither did I.
The event has been hyped as a spectacle. The world cannot believe what a spectacle we are making of ourselves.
Please stop calling the TV money-making Theater of the Absurd a debate.
What IS an actual debate?
Every public school in America teaches debate at one level or another. Many high schools and colleges have superb debate teams. The candidates and their handlers know this.
Here are the Rules of Debate.
“Each person has two or three constructive speeches, and two to three rebuttal speeches. The affirmative gives the first constructive speech, and the rebuttals alternate: negative, affirmative, negative, affirmative. The affirmative has both the first and last speeches of the debate.
When worded as a proposition of policy, the topic requires the affirmative to support some specified action by some particular individual or group. The affirmative has the right to make any reasonable definition of each of the terms of the proposition. If the negative challenges the reasonableness of a definition by the affirmative, the judge must accept the definition of the team that shows better grounds for its interpretation of the term.”
See more complete Rules of Debate on this site.