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Experts Available to Provide Communication Insights into Republican Presidential Nominee Debate

July 31, 2015
Experts Available
Government, Political

In just a few days, the Republican presidential primary debate will take place in Cleveland, Ohio. The debate will be broadcast nationally on August 6 at 5:00 p.m. EST (lower tier candidates) and 9:00 p.m. (top 10 candidates). Both events will likely be followed by televised commentary on the performance of the candidates. Several scholars of political communication are available to provide insights on the candidates’ presentations and their implications for the Republican nomination and the presidential race. A few questions they may answer:     

  • How important is a debate like this to choosing a party’s nominee?   
  • How does the large number of debaters affect the quality of the interactions?   
  • What constitutes “winning” and “losing” in an event like this?   
  • How does the format of the debate impact how much viewers can learn about the candidates?   
  • How does this debate compare to previous election cycle debates?    
Vanessa Beasley
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Vanderbilt University 
Research: U.S. political communication and presidential rhetoric
Jay Childers 
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
University of Kansas
Research: Political communication and democratic citizenship
Lance Holbert
Professor and Chair, School of Media and Communication
Temple University
Research:  Political communication and the influence of the media
Mitchell McKinney
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication 
University of Missouri 
Research: U.S. political communication and presidential debates  
To schedule an interview with any of these experts, please contact Meghan Gibbons at or 202-534-1104, or Wendy Fernando at or 202-534-1107.
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