- Todd Graham: Thursday debate showed why they are valuable. Clinton, Sanders battled for "progressive" mantle, says debate coach
- He says in debates, there are "god terms" (positive) and "devil terms" (negative); "progressive" is a god term
Todd Graham is director of debate at Southern Illinois University. His teams have won national championships for three years, and he's been recognized twice as the national debate coach of the year. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)I watched the Democratic debate Thursday night and thought: Once and for all, everyone needs to stop complaining about the quality of the candidate debates. "These are not real debates," people grouse to me. "They were better back in the day." Wrong!