Ursula Carlson
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October 17, 2012
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Fresh Ideas: Electing our Homecoming King

This is for anyone who has ever watched a presidential or vice-presidential debate. What have you taken away from it? Here's what I've learned from our venerable debates.

In the one between Jack Kennedy and Richard Nixon, I saw that television reveals all, especially a poorly shaved face. Nixon's five o'clock shadow, more than anything he said in the debate, caused his defeat. In addition to good looks, ideally we'd probably prefer our presidents to be "royals" and cowboys at the same time.

So, are there any pearls of wisdom our debates have bestowed on posterity? Reagan struck gold with …

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