- Debate coach Todd Graham grades Clinton and Sanders by their ability to seal deal with supporters and steal opponent's voters
- He says Clinton did better at this, dinging Sanders on auto bailout vote; Sanders, though, improved his pitch to African American voters
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)When my debate team is being judged by a panel of critics in intercollegiate debate, the first thing we do, way before the debate begins, is analyze the panel of judges. Based on the arguments we will present, we try to predict the judges who will vote for us, the ones who will vote against us, and who's on the fence. My mantra for our teams before these debates: Seal and steal.