Pre-Debate Hindsight Analysis of Aug 2015 Presidential Debates

Save time listening to the media’s pre-debate hype and exhaustive hindsight, with a summary of key talking points candidates have been using leading up to the first Presidential debate of the 2016 election on August 6th, 2015. We’ve condensed it to a little over 2 minutes of prime cuts. You’re welcome.


Vermin Supreme for President; New Hampshire Primary

Anyone with $1,000 can run for President of the United States in the historic New Hampshire Primary, as Vermin Supreme–and hundreds of other lesser-known candidates over the years–demonstrates. His platform includes a free pony for all, mandatory teeth-brushing, time travel research, and zombie awareness.

Getting on the Bernie Sanders Bus; New Hampshire Primary

The Bernie Bus is gassed and ready to roll! The first few months of the Bernie Sanders campaign has drawn a tidal wave of support across the country. Get a sense of his message and the excitement it has generated with his supporters in New Hampshire in the summer of 2015.

The First Trump Rally in New Hampshire

The beginning of the “Summer of Trump” was on display last June on the day after Trump announced his run for the Presidency.  From the white working class prophets who picked a Trump wave, to beauty queens and protesters…a harbinger for things to come.

Who doesn’t love a July 4th Parade during election season?!

4th of July Parades have a new layer of excitement in New Hampshire during a Presidential Primary year.  The floats and marching bands have to share the stage with scores of campaign volunteers and even some candidates marching to meet voters.



Training Voters to Ask Tough Questions

We all know that politicians are masters of not answering questions.  That’s why Governing Under the Influence runs “Bird Dog Training” to train citizens on how to craft strong questions that the candidates have to answer and not avoid.

Clinton & Bush tend to their bases…

Before the Summer of Trump, there was Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.  In June they traveled to New Hampshire to deal with (ongoing) problems they had with their respective bases.  This analysis from this June video still stands (as of September): Clinton is still popular to large parts of the Democratic coalition and Jeb Bush was having a tough time proving himself with the base.