Eleven Three Twenty: My Take on Last Night’s Vice-Presidential Debate

October 8, 2020

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In yesterday’s column, I wrote that the three things I’d be looking for in last night’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris were the tone of the candidates, their answers to tough questions, and how Presidential they appeared. My thoughts on how they handled those three are just part of the following 10 observations or conclusions after watching the debate and following people’s real-time responses online during and after the debate:

For those of you wondering why I’m qualified to write about this topic, I have a Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies from the University of Denver — with an emphasis on leadership, power, and persuasion. My dissertation research focused on political communication, specifically Ross Perot’s 1992 Presidential campaign (“A Mythic Analysis of Ross Perot’s 1992 Campaign Infomercials as a Modern American Jeremiad”). And I have worked on — or consulted for — a number of political campaigns, ranging from the mayoral to the Presidential level.

President of Marathon Leadership, LLC — an organizational and leadership consulting firm based in Thornton, CO. Learn more at http://marathonleadership.com/

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