Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama: Who is the better debater?

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Here’s one of the most heated debate exchanges between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama:

I don’t consider myself a political junkie. But much like the rest of America, I found myself completely pulled in by the incredible matchup between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primaries. How could you not be pulled in? You have two extraordinary people – both brilliant, well-spoken, political masterminds with very engaging and intriguing personalities – facing off for the most powerful position in the world. I suddenly found myself reading the headlines on a daily basis. I even lost a bet to my good friend because much like the rest of the American media, I thought Hillary was going to be completely unstoppable in the beginning of the race. But then at some point in the early-middle primaries, Barack became a political revelation, inspiring America with hope and making speeches the likes of which we haven’t heard in a long time from our politicians. In addition to his oratory skills, he proved himself a masterful debater, able to stand toe-to-toe with the political genius of Hillary Clinton. The Hillary Clinton – Barack Obama debates were something to behold. They were very tightly matched and you knew you were watching something special. This video represents one of the most popular and heated exchanges between the political heavyweights. Who do you think wins this exchange – Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?

 

Vote in the Poll Here. Here's my personal case for Barack Obama winning the debate. Anyone want to make a case for Hillary Clinton?

 

All things considered, who do you think is the better debater? Vote in the poll here. It's interesting to think about who the forensics community members think would have been the better debater in our categories.

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I guess the American public think Obama is the better debater based on the election results.

Completely off topic, but I wish politics would offer more good, interesting debates like this, and less of the silliness we sometimes hear spew from some politicians' mouths. Then again, without those slips we wouldn't have as good as programing on The Daily Show.

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