Professor Alan Schroeder visits Parliament Buildings to discuss the US Presidential debates
On Friday 16th September Politics Plus hosted three-time Emmy Award Winner Alan Schroeder to Parliament Buildings. Professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University & Author of “Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail” , Schroeder visited Stormont to discuss the hotly contested upcoming Presidential election, which sees Republican Donald Trump compete with Democratic Hillary Clinton. He discussed the popularity of televised electoral debates, stating that the current US Presidential debates have “one of the largest audiences in broadcast history”, with the predicted audience for the Trump-Clinton debates estimated around 80-100 million. He also outlined key features of the debate, for instance a timeline can be split into three different stages; before the debate, during the debate and after the debate.
Pros and cons of televised debates were detailed, such as allowing voters to see how candidates cope under pressure and how live debates can cast candidates in a negative light, as they are vulnerable to manipulation.
The presentation delivered by Alan Schroeder was followed by questions from the audience in an informal, interactive atmosphere. Interestingly, Schroeder delved into the different factors that may affect the candidates’ chances of being elected. Examples of such include Trump’s controversial comments and Clinton’s previous experience of televised debates in 2008 with Barack Obama.
The visit from Professor Alan Schroeder was very well received from attendees, being described as “insightful and engaging”. We look forward to watching the US elections live debates as they commence on Monday 26th September 2016.