Planning on tuning in to the debate on Saturday, October seventh? You may be in the minority… That’s according to Government Professor Jack Pitney at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California.
“The viewership of the debate itself is going to be pretty low. What counts is what comes out of the debate, the press coverage and the interpretation.”
But Pitney says there are some important lessons to learn from the candidates in the debate setting and has some tips on what to listen for:
“Is the Governor going to repeat his opposition to new taxes. Is Angelides going to explain his effort to raise more revenue for the state.”
As for having the debate make an impact on the election, Pitney says what would need to emerge in some dramatic public impression or statement that he says both sides are likely to avoid.