Professor Ben Knoll blogs about debate on Huffington Post
June 28, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger
Assistant Professor of Government Ben Knoll recently joined the ranks of numerous important writers and thinkers as a blogger for the Huffington Post. Knoll’s blog is featured in the College section of the website, a popular news provider and aggregate. President John A. Roush and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion Lee Jefferson have also blogged for the Huffington Post in the past year.
Knoll’s inaugural blog post, titled “From the Home of the 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate,” discusses the effect the upcoming debate—and all political debates in general—might have on public opinion and voter turnout.
“There are good reasons that debates have become such an important part of the modern presidential campaign,” Knoll writes in the post. “They are the only part of the campaign where the voters have a chance to see the two (and occasionally three) candidates in the same place at the same time, answering the same questions and responding to each other's arguments in real time. As a result, the three presidential debates (and one vice presidential debate) are the most-viewed events of the entire campaign. More than 50 million Americans watched the 2008 debates between Barack Obama and John McCain. That's more than 1 out of every 5 adult Americans.”
Knoll will continue to blog for the Huffington Post in the future.
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