- Todd Graham grades candidates at debate on how well they criticized opponents while making the case they should be president
- He says Kasich (B+) did this well, remained the grownup in the room; Rubio and Cruz, not so much; Trump? As debater, an F
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 his.
(CNN)I've often told my debate teams that we need more than criticisms of our opponents to win debates. We also need to present reasons for the judges not just to vote against our opponents, but also reasons for them to vote for us.