I agree with the suggestion that alot of times this seems like sport more than politics- I'll come back after the debate to elaborate but I think this is a great discussion to have. Is it better or worse for voter turnout and engagement?
Personally speaking I tend to have my personal opinion defined through hours of reading, watching events all year, and because of great podcasts like the Slate Political Gabfest. I guess I watch the debates for the sickening pleasure of watching someone bolt from their "firmly held" beliefs in favor of pandering to an ever polarized group of people.
Isn't it a little concerning that some viewers take the politicians word? I am not speaking directly about tonights debate, but more regarding political punditry in general.