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On October 3rd and on October 11th I witnessed the presidential debates on television For the most part the debates appeared to be a close match between the candidates Al Gore and George W Bush but certain tactics styles and organizational patterns gave one opponent a slight edge on the otherOn October 3rd Vice President Al Gore came out with an aggressive style that is unusual to him but in my opinion proved to be affective Gore used many hand gestures to emphasize is points Gore also managed to vary the volume of his voice in a manner that showed concern in the areas that he felt strongly about Gore had very affective eye contact with each questionnaire that approached him This proved to be helpful by giving him a more down to earth quality that many people will likely admireThis is not to say that Governor Bush was effective with many of his own speaking styles I found that Bush used pausing very effectively when he wanted to stress certain points and opinions Bushs volume was a little lower than Gore but it worked well helping him come of very smooth and confidentThe organization of both of the candidates was perhaps less important throughout the debates besides their closing remarks However I found Bush was more organized in answering the questions as opposed to Gore Gore often addressed issues he felt were more important rather than simply answering the question at handOverall I feel that Al Gore barely won the debate simply because he seemed to have more energy and aggressiveness that left Bush many times defending himself rather that attacking back Gore even went so far as to use his own facial expressions to discredit Bush while he was answering a persons question As ruthless as that may seem I feel it was effectiveOn October 11th I found the debate to be similar to the first one Both candidates used many of the
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