George H.W. Bush

Why Debates Don’t Matter


Debates make no difference in campaigns, especially in races where one candidate is so strong, that to share a stage with their opponent is a waste of time for the electorate and themselves.


Campaign Ethics: Lies, Inconsistency and Money

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has become a massive success not just because of its humorous reality checks of the far right, but also for taking Democrats to task. (Image via Comedy Central)

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University held a program on campaign ethics Friday. The central question posed: Do campaigns have ethical standards? It is not a question that can be fully answered in a sound bite. So let’s start with the three core issues: lies, inconsistency and money.

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