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Kristin is the Rules Analyst for the 2019-20 Presidential Debate Season

The 2019-20 Presidential Debate season is a hot mess.  Most pundits are going to discuss what each candidate said. I’ll take a fresh and different angle: How did the moderators impact the discussion? Smackdown or Run Wild?

I am the leading authority on moderating panel discussions.  I literally wrote the book on it.  Much like a football rules analyst, I comment on how objective, skilled and fair the debate moderators were immediately after each debate.

I’ll provide real-time data to back up my assertions:

  • Do the moderators follow their own ground rules?
  • Are the questions posed objectively?
  • Is the airtime equally distributed – or did one candidate have an unfair advantage?
  • Do the moderators intervene appropriately?

I’ll also have real-time polling of the “man on the street.”  In conjunction with Futuri Media (engagement manager to iHeartRadio), we’ll be polling the national radio audience with two questions:

  • Do the debate moderators do a good job?
  • Are the debate moderators fair and objective?

It’s a unique angle that hasn’t been reported…unless the debate goes off the rails.  Which it will.  The debates will be skewed, biased and crowded. And I’ll be there (live or Zoom) to report on all the salacious details for you.

Democratic Primary Debates 2019 (along with links to my commentary):

  1. June 26 and June 27, 2019 –  Miami, FL – Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart
  2. July 30-1, 2019 – Detroit, MI – Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper
  3. September 12, 2019 – Houston, TX – George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos
  4. October 15, 2019 – Westerville, OH – Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Marc Lacey
  5. November 20, 2019 – Atlanta, GA
  6. TBD

Democratic Primary Debates 2020:

  1. TBD
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Presidential Debates 2020:

  • First presidential debate:  Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – 9pm to 10:30pm ET  – University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • Vice presidential debate:  Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – 9pm to 10:30pm ET – The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Second presidential debate:  Thursday, October 15, 2020 – 9pm to 10:30pm ET – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Third presidential debate:  Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 9pm to 10:30pm ET – Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Here are some examples of reporting done for the 2016 Presidential debates:

Get your Presidential Debate Moderator Report Card example here:

For more information, check out Kristin’s primary website,, call her at 480.399.8489,  email at kristin at or schedule a 15-minute conversation here.

2019-20 Presidential Debate Media Interviews:


Award-winning author Kristin Arnold is an expert panel moderator and professional meeting facilitator. Featured on ABC and NBC as well as numerous publications such as ForbesHarvard Business Update, USA Today, and Selling Power, Kristin knows what it takes to lead, facilitate and participate on high performing teams.

As the past President of the National Speakers Association of the United States (2010-11) and one of the first female graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Kristin brings 20 years of practical team building experience to your audience. She has worked with small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and is equally adept on the shop floor as she is in the executive boardroom.


Recent Media about Panels!

  • Press Releases:
    • Boring to Bravo wins Axiom Book Award March 26, 2012
    • Survey Reports 63% of Panel Discussions are Mediocre or Much Worse March 18, 2014


To schedule an interview or to invite Kristin Arnold to participate in an upcoming media related event, please contact us using our online form, call (480) 399 8489 or schedule a 15-minute conversation here.


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