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Keeping track of political debates

August 4, 2015

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A 2012 presidential debate. Photo via Politico.com.

The political debate season is off and running.

Republican presidential candidates, or at least many of them, gathered at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. on Monday night for a forum at which they were questioned one at a time.

Fox News will sponsor a debate on Thursday night that many commentators say is the first one that really matters. It features the top 10 candidates in an average of five national polls, and is supposed to mark Donald Trump’s debut as a debater. That one takes place in Cleveland.

Here’s where you can find the listings for the Republican party debates. There are already debates on the calendar through March, and there are bound to be more added as the election draws nearer.

The Democratic debate schedule is fuzzier. There are supposed to be debates in Iowa and New Hampshire in September and October, but details aren’t yet available.

But, check here for information and keep circling back.

As business journalists, there’s a special challenge to following debates. Presidential candidates aren’t like CEOs, who have to get information right or risk affecting their company’s stock price.

They will make some bold claims, and possibly untrue ones, about the economy, jobs and other business topics.

A good strategy for story ideas is to find candidates who are talking about the issues of interest in your area. You might compare notes on what the candidates say, and do some fact checking.

If a debate comes to your city, there will likely be an economic effect — hotel rooms booked, the media descending, restaurants getting extra business. Rather than focus on politics, follow the money related to debates.


  • Micheline Maynard

    Micheline is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post concentrating on business and culture. She has written about flooding in Detroit, tainted water in Benton Harbor, nationwide shortages of restaurant staff, and vaccine hesitancy.

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