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GOP Debate Preview: The qualities of a great debater, and analyzing Trump’s pithy punchlines




Portraits of candidates are placed on the podium in front Air Force One that flew President Reagan, ahead of today's Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015
Portraits of candidates are placed on the podium in front Air Force One that flew President Reagan, ahead of today's Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015
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The eyes of the nation turn to Simi Valley this evening as the Republican presidential candidates share the debate stage once again, this time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

The top 11 polling candidates (Trump, Bush, Walker, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee, Paul, Kasich, Christie, and Fiorina) will be featured in the main event at 5 p.m. PT, with the other four (Santorum, Jindal, Pataki, and Graham) in their own debate that starts at 3 p.m.

Much of the focus will, of course, be on Donald Trump. The current frontrunner made his mark on the first debate, thanks in large part to his exchange with moderator Megyn Kelly.

Carly Fiorina will likely garner a lot of attention as well. She wasn’t part of the main stage in the first Republican debate, and she’s gone back and forth with Trump in the media in recent weeks after Trump made a remark about Fiorina’s looks.

What should we expect to see from the candidates tonight? Who has the most to gain and lose?

Guests:

Aaron Kall, director of the Debate Program and Debate Institute at the University of Michigan

Barton Swaim, former speechwriter for South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and author of the book “The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics.” He wrote an article for the Washington Post yesterday entitled “How Donald Trump’s language works for him