When you are explaining, you are not gaining
If you are playing defense, you are not playing offense, and you are not scoring.
Few care about the intricacies of Senate protocol, or how one takes a “hit” for the greater good. What wins a debate on the Senate floor does not necessarily win you a debate in front of a television audience. Senators may need to nuance their answers. Voters expect Presidential (and gubernatorial) candidates to look decisive, and be decisive.
When you get lost in the weeds, people lose track of where you are. And you look lost.
Just because a moderator has framed a question a certain way does not mean you have to accept their framework. Can we stop talking about contraception?
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