Presidential Election

A Candidate's Guide To A More Civil Presidential Debate

Sometimes in debates, presidential candidates are baited into attacking each other. Here are the five best ways to dodge the loaded questions.

A Candidate's Guide To A More Civil Presidential Debate
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Five ways to dodge he-said, she-said debate questions.

"Mr. Trump later said he was talking about your persona, not your appearance. Please feel free to respond what you think about his persona," debate moderator Jake Tapper asked candidate Carly Fiorina. 

"I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said," Fiorina said. 

"Gov. Bush, would you feel comfortable with Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear codes?" Tapper asked former Governor Jeb Bush. 

"I think the voters will make that determination," Bush said. 

"I think we need someone that has the best in ethical standards as our next president. That’s how I feel," former candidate Lincoln Chaffee said about Hillary Clinton's email scandlal.

"Secretary Clinton, would you like to respond?" debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked. 

"No," Clinton quickly said.

"Gov. Christie, tell Dr. Carson, is that a fair description of you?" Tapper asked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

"Well, I know Ben wasn’t talking about me. I’m sure he was talking about one of the other guys, not me," Christie responded. 

"If I were sitting at home and watch thing back and forth, I would be inclined to turn it off," Ohio's governor John Kasich said. 

"We have a lot of issues coming up, sir," Tapper tried to explain. 

"Now, I know that it may be buzzing out there, but I think it’s important we get to the issues, because that’s what people want, and they don’t want all this fighting," Kasich said. 

Happy (civil) debating everyone! 

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