From commenter “Neal” comes a critique of the first 14th District debate:
I watched the first one and my grades were
Several times during the debate Jim tried the same she votes with Pelosi point. Why not say 93% with AOC.
He should be trying to link her with the radical democrats, not just Pelosi.
She wants to be a member of the squad, so treat her like she is.
When asked what his top 3 issues were he should have put the violence at the top not the economy.
That is Underwood and every democrats weak point this year so hammer it.
Explain that the economy can’t get better and covid won’t be under control with large mobs of people causing violence in our streets.
Then ask what she plans to do about that.
He tries several times to get her denounce the violence and was ignored.
If he did it this way, she could still ignore it but it would look much worse.
Overall Lauren is the more skilled debater and performed much better in my opinion.
She was calm and got her message across.
Jim tried to go on the attack but didn’t seem to have much of a strategy other than trow out Madigans name and attempt to get her to denounce rioting.
He seemed to be content to walk away being able to say Underwood wouldn’t denounce the riots, rather than force her into a position where she has to say something about it.
Instead she was allowed to ignore it.
Jim seems like a nice guy and that might be his weakness.
If you want to defeat someone like underwood, you can’t be nice, you must go on the attack and be relentless about it.
The first thing that actually popped out at me in the first debate (st. Charles) was that Jim agreed with his opponent on the first question and at several other points.