Location

University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

Barack Obama, campaign rhetoric, Candy Crowley, Mitt Romney, presidential debates, 2012 presidential election, town hall debates

Start Date

22-5-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

25-5-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

By consensus, President Barack Obama’s performance in the first 2012 Presidential debate was weak. Anticipating the second debate, commentators asserted that he must make a strong comeback to revive his candidacy. He is widely judged to have done so. I will examine the major argumentative exchanges in the debate to determine to what degree it exhibited virtues of argumentation and whether Obama’s perceived comeback was a matter of argumentative superiority as well as performance.

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The 'comeback' second Obama-Romney debate and virtues of argumentation

University of Windsor

By consensus, President Barack Obama’s performance in the first 2012 Presidential debate was weak. Anticipating the second debate, commentators asserted that he must make a strong comeback to revive his candidacy. He is widely judged to have done so. I will examine the major argumentative exchanges in the debate to determine to what degree it exhibited virtues of argumentation and whether Obama’s perceived comeback was a matter of argumentative superiority as well as performance.