- Todd Graham: GOP candidates blew it at debate, with personal attacks, a thin-skinned Trump, and Cruz unable to defend himself
- He says rowdy audience made a poor showing, and moderators lost control of their debaters
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)The Republican debate in South Carolina Saturday on night was far below what I'd hoped for as a debate coach, so the grades generally reflected that this time. It's like one of those "group projects" where one person in the group is so poor as to bring everyone else down. Sometimes, nobody gets an A.