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Charlotte Talks Politics: Debates Will Be Must-See TV, But Will Any Votes Be Swayed?

Flickr / Biden Campaign / Gage Skidmore

Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Tuesday's first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is anticipated to be one of the most-watched of all time. But with five weeks to go before Election Day, and absentee voting already underway in North Carolina and elsewhere, will the debates affect the race?

Trump reportedly shrugged off any preparation for the debate, and Biden said he’s getting ready by “going over … the multiple lies"told by Trump.

While it’ll no doubt make for good television, what impact will it have on voters? More than 70 percent of registered voters told an NBC News poll the debates won’t have that much bearing, if any, on their decision.

But one expert on presidential debates says they’re needed now more than ever.


Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, chair of the Department of Communication (@AllanLouden)

Mitchell McKinney, University of Missouri, professor of communication, director of the university’s Political Communication Institute  (@MSMcKinney)

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A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.