This observation is completely nonpartisan so hopefully it doesn't start an ugly political thread. These debates are annoying me. The candidates are asked politically charged questions and most of their replies fall short because of time or an unwillingness to give a direct answer. Instead they spend their precious time trying to distinguish themselves from the other candidates by arguing tiny insignificant points of contention. It is as if they care more about establishing a dominant position over the other candidates than about communicating their positions on the issues. That indicates a selfish interest on the part of the candidates which is hardly fitting for would-be public servants. Why can't they just agree on certain issues? You never hear a candidate respond to a question with, "what he said." Instead they have to take their full time to restate the same answer with subtle differences and hostile jabs at other candidates. Once again... selfish interest. The press coverage is horrible. After a debate the commentators will recap with statements like, "this person sounded presidential," and, "he had good body language," and, "he smelled good." They never comment on the relevant issues. As if the debates aren't bad enough, the voters aren't even receptive to the little information they provide. You see some news commentators who go out into the public and ask people questions about the candidates... most people don't know anything outside of their own political party, including the names of the candidates. Republicans only watch the republican debates and democrats only watch the democrat debates. And for those people who actually do watch both debates, they almost always draw selfserving conclusions based on superficial observations about the candidates just like the news commentators. It seems like most people have already made up their minds about who to vote for before any arguments are made which defeats the point of the debate. This whole thing resembles a troll thread with opponents trying to establish dominance with flame weapons. I guess elections have always been like this but it is only now starting to annoy me. I used to be a sheep for the democrats. Now I see myself and everyone else as sheep so I am not even going to vote anymore. The candidates have offered nothing to inspire my confidence. There needs to be a ballot option for "no confidence."