Presidential Debate Topics

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People will vote for a politician based upon his character or his policies. In an ideal world, we would like to vote for both, but in many cases, we cannot. People vote for character because we cannot predict the future. If you vote for someone’s character then you are saying, “I believe that the choices you make in the future will be in my best interest.” People who vote for policies are saying that, “I agree to vote for you, if you promise to follow through with your promises.”

Debating a topic will help highlight its legitimacy

Sometimes debating a presidential topic is a very good way of highlighting just how legitimate the topic actually is. Scott Adams the creator of the syndicated Dilbert comic pointed out that news stories often drive certain topics out of context. For example, a presidential candidate may say that he or she is going to knock $10,000,000 off the education budget. This fact may be shocking to a lot of people, but a debate upon the subject may highlight if it is a legitimate topic or not. For example knocking such an amount off of a tiny country’s budget may be devastating, but a debate about knocking such amounts of an American budget may show that $10,000,000 is only 0.03% of the USA’s National education budget. A debate would show that this shocking $10,000,000 is actually not such a big deal after all.

Debating a presidential topic will help to highlight the candidates commitment to it

If the candidate is going to promise to do something but it is reasonable to assume that the candidate is going to be able to defend that commitment within presidential debate topics. If the presidential debate takes place and the candidate struggles to defend his or her position or policy, then it will highlight the candidate’s commitments to that policy/position, which may indicate if the candidate intends to keep the promises that he/she makes.

1. Politician always keep their promises
2. The fight to implement gun control is a losing battle
3. America is not the land of the free
4. The government could do more to help the housing market
5. America should have a National Health Service
6. The defense budget is too high
7. The US spends too much money fighting terrorism
8. American foreign policy is interventionist
9. The Presidential term of five years is too long
10. Immigration controls are not effective enough
11. America should spend more money looking for oil
12. The rich/poor divide is wider than ever
13. Abortion should be legal at 20 weeks
14. More college places should be open to disadvantaged students
15. Federal law is not implemented consistently at local level
16. Space exploration should be shelved in times of economic trouble
17. Barack Obama will only be remembered for being the first black American President and not for what he achieved
18. FDR was the greatest president
19. The end of slavery was inevitable yet Lincoln gets the credit
20. Higher bank equity is in the public interest
21. Fat profits make fat cats who become lazy cats
22. Spending to GDP ratio should be an indicator of economic performance not a driver of it
23. America’s health care costs are higher than in other developed countries and the gap isn’t closing
24. Sequestration is a slow bleed
25. If Europe banishes bankers bonuses should America follow suit?
26. The US should show its strength in the face of the proliferation of Iran’s nuclear program
27. The USA should work more closely with China
28. Should there be a cap on sports star salaries?
29. There is a strong case that big banks should not receive government subsidies
30. The IRS cannot catch the significant tax dodgers
31. The Government could do more to enable flexible and at-home working
32. Employment creation needs to go hand in hand with spending cuts
33. Increased government spending will actually save money in the long run
34. We need Republicans
35. Deficit reduction is a war not a battle
36. There needs to be greater Internet control
37. Improved technology and social media interaction will improve education standards
38. The Death Penalty is an outdated mode of punishment for the 21st Century
39. There will never be a woman president of the USA
40. Charity begins at home
41. Good economics is good government
42. We need to do for the women of America – they are undervalued, overworked and underpaid
43. Math and science education should be made more attractive to females
44. A ‘culture of death’ is gaining supremacy over a ‘culture of life’ in the world of today
45. Women make better politicians than men
46. Bullying is a very real issue that needs to be tackled
47. America of today has democratic politics but not democratic values
48. We should measure success by Gross Domestic Happiness instead of through Gross Domestic Product
49. Should billionaire sports owners fund the construction of new sports facilities and not request it from taxpayers?
50. Women’s sports should receive as much TV and Media coverage as male sports
51. There should be more investment in alternative energy sources by the oil companies
52. Internet censorship is a wasted effort
53. Open Primaries are the best way of selecting candidates for elections
54. The USA should sign the Ottawa Agreement which calls for the ban of landmines
55. The bank on nuclear weapons testing should remain
56. Torture is not an effective way to get information from terror suspects
57. We need to do more to eliminate global poverty
58. There is a danger that US forces will leave Afghanistan too soon leaving the country still vulnerable to the Taleban
59. The issues of stem cell research
60. Politicians and public servants who are committed of a legal offence should be removed from office.

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