Posted: November 15th, 2015

George Bush Vs Al Gore Debate Analysis

Watch the Al Gore Vs George Bush 2nd Debate, October 11th 2000:

After watching the debate, write an an analysis of the debate by appropriately choosing the winner of the debate using the Toulon model of argumentation. Here is the Toulim Model:

Claim: the position or claim being argued for; the conclusion of the argument.
Grounds: reasons or supporting evidence that bolster the claim.
Warrant: the principle, provision or chain of reasoning that connects the grounds/reason to the claim.
Backing: support, justification, reasons to back up the warrant.
Rebuttal/Reservation: exceptions to the claim; description and rebuttal of counter-examples and counter-arguments.
Qualification: specification of limits to claim, warrant and backing. The degree of conditionality asserted.

Use only 3 of the aforementioned Toulmin model elements to judge the debate. That is, use claims, grounds, and warrants to decide which candidate used them more effectively. The first paragraph of the paper should briefly describe the winner of the debate using the 3 elements of the Toulim Model. I have attached an example of how the paper should look like.
Also, make sure to elaborate on how the winning candidate used each one of the Toulim model elements in his argument. Cite from the video. Also include a paragraph to portray the weaknesses if the winning candidate in the debate. That is, don’t make it too bias, show two sides of the spectrum, however don’t dedicate over a paragraph for this.

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