A Great Debate

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, millions watched the 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Debate at Broward College. Held in the recently renovated Bailey Hall — which originally opened 35 years ago this month —  the debate was carried live on TV, the web and radio across Florida and the country.

Click here to watch videos from debate day, look at media coverage, rewatch the debate online and more!

This blog was a part of the debate for updates on the event and related events happening at Broward College.

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Miami Herald OpEd: A classical guide to debate

Miami Herald: A classical guide to debate

10/13/2014 7:14 PM

When it comes to Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate, viewers should consider tips on how to watch such a political face-off:

A debate is an exercise in the art of persuasion. We can find no better guide than the man who literally wrote the book on persuasion, Aristotle, and his principles of Ethos (credibility), Logos (logic) and Pathos (emotion).

A candidate’s credibility will be a determining factor in a voter’s choice. Credibility has four elements:

▪ Competence: Candidates need to demonstrate they possess the skill set to govern by emphasizing experience, decision-making and leadership.

▪ Trust: People will rarely vote for someone they don’t trust. Not only should each candidate cite unbiased information, but their eye contact, posture, facial expressions and overall demeanor will influence believability.

▪ Charm: The old adage “People buy from whom they like” applies here. Again, it isn’t always what you say, it is how you say it. Each must remain calm and relaxed and draw the audience to them.

▪ Relatability: Any good leader needs to understand those they are leading. The candidate doesn’t need to be all things to all people, but simply show empathy and leave the voter thinking, “He gets me.”

The candidates want to use logic to show their policies are justified by reason. Ideas must pass the “smell test.” Concepts such as cause/effect, problem/solution and need/satisfaction should be applied to policy. Given the limited time frame, the candidates need to make the complex seem simple.

While most people will tell you they use logic to make decisions, more often than not they use logic to justify the decisions they made emotionally. Both candidates will not only try to make a positive emotional connection with the audience but also create a negative emotional association with their opponent.

While these ideas originated in Greece thousands of years ago, the candidate who masters ethos, logos and pathos can win a debate in Florida in 2014.

GREG BARNES, COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSOR AND THE SPEECH AND DEBATE COACH, BROWARD COLLEGE, DAVIE

CNN’s Candy Crowley to Speak at Broward College on the Importance of Debates in American Politics

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CNN’s Candy Crowley to Speak at Broward College on the Importance of Debates in American Politics

            
            FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 3, 2014) – 
Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” will meet with Broward College students, faculty and staff on Friday, October 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Broward College’s Bailey Hall, 3501 S.W. Davie Road, Davie, Building 4, to discuss the history and importance of debates in the American political process. Media are invited to attend. This event requires working media to RSVP for a confirmed seat. Please contact Tina David at 954-201-7510 or tdavid@broward.edu to reserve a seat. 

            In her role as chief political correspondent, Crowley covers a broad range of stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races, and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill. She has covered the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, among others. Since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, Crowley has covered all but one of the national political conventions. She was also granted an exclusive sit-down interview with President George W. Bush days before he left office.
            Sponsored in part by Leadership Broward and the Broward College Foundation, this event is part of a series of civic engagement events hosted by Broward College, titled “Educate, Engage, Enrich Florida.” The events cover a series of topics, including education, healthcare, environmental politics, energy policy, equity, women’s rights issues and much more, and coincide with the 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Debate at Broward College, which will take place on Wednesday, October 15, at Broward College’s Bailey Hall, also located on Central Campus.

            For a complete list of “Educate, Engage, Enrich Florida” events, visit www.nextflgov.com or www.broward.edu/debateFor the latest updates on the 2014 Gubernatorial Debate at Broward College, follow #NextFLGov on Facebook and Twitter.  

 

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About Broward College:

Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.

Broward College Students Get Informed and Involved in Florida Politics

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (September 16, 2014) – The gubernatorial race for Florida’s future has sparked the political interest of students across Broward College. In the weeks leading up to the October 15 Florida gubernatorial debate at Broward College’s Central Campus, 3501 Davie Road, Davie, students will have the rare and exciting opportunity to experience democracy firsthand by becoming active participants in the political process, working to increase voter registrations, and closely examining and addressing key issues of this election season.

“I’m very excited about the debate being held at Broward College,” said Stefan DaCosta, president of the Latin American Student Association on Central Campus. “Not many people get this kind of educational and civic opportunity while they are attending college.”

Student life organizations on each of the Broward College campuses will be partnering with the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office and voter registration representatives in an effort to help register as many people as possible through a series of voter registration drives scheduled in September.

On North Campus, students are even taking civic engagement a step further with a grassroots approach. “Students are going out every afternoon with their laptops to try and encourage people to register to vote,” said Joseph Pickering, director of North Campus Student Life and Development. “It might seem like a small thing, but it really makes a big difference to the community.”

As well as trying to get people registered to vote, students are getting informed and involved in the political issues of this election season. They are being encouraged to think critically through a series of team events, titled “Critical Thinking & Political Literacy: Students Engaging Important Questions.” These events serve as a platform for students to engage with one another by analyzing, exploring and generating well-justified conclusions based on their independent research of a political topic of their choice. Students have already decided to focus on issues of healthcare, the environment, minimum wage legislation, the legalization of marijuana, student loan debt solutions, immigration policy and net neutrality.

The night before the gubernatorial debate, Broward College’s speech and debate team will participate in a live mock debate, which will be filmed at the College’s television studio at Central Campus and streamed online. This debate is an opportunity for students to become aware of the issues facing Florida and also better understand the two candidates. Designed to be a team format, two groups will represent the candidates and answer questions posed by Manny Munoz, co-host and executive producer for “South Florida’s First News with Jimmy Cefalo” on News Radio 610 WIOD.

“I really believe that all of these opportunities we have this semester can serve as a reminder for my generation to do its due diligence, research and see who they think would serve Florida best. Then, they should get out and vote based on their conclusion,” said DaCosta.

For more information, contact Tina David at tdavid@broward.edu or 954-201-7510. For the latest updates on the 2014 gubernatorial debate at Broward College, follow #NextFLGov on Facebook and Twitter.  

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About Broward College:


Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit 
www.broward.edu.