Predictions and Reactions: The First Presidential Debate of 2012

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Released: 27-Sep-2012 8:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: National Communication Association

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Newswise — Washington, DC (September 27, 2012)—The first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign season is quickly approaching. Citizens from across the nation and viewers from around the world will tune in to watch President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stake out their positions on key issues in an attempt to win votes.

Members of the National Communication Association who reside in Denver and study political communication, debate, and rhetoric can provide insight and commentary on the following:

•Do presidential debates sway voters?•What might be the goal(s) of each candidate as he enters next week’s debate? •Historically, how has the debate process helped or hindered a candidate’s success?•Will social media impact the debates?

Steven J. Hartnett, Ph.D.Department of Communication, University Colorado, DenverHis research focuses on communication, social justice, and American history.

Darrin Hicks, Ph.D.Department of Communication Studies, University of DenverHe teaches courses and conducts research in argumentation, rhetoric, and community collaboration. Karrin Vasby Anderson, Ph.D.Communication Studies, Colorado State UniversityShe studies U.S. political culture, gender, and political communication.

To schedule an interview with an expert, please contact Arlyn G. Riskind at or 202-534-1104.

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