Monday, April 25 at 7pm EDT Rep. David Jolly (R) and Rep. Alan Grayson (D) went head-to-head and answered YOUR questions in a groundbreaking Open Debate moderated by The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur and Independent Journal Review's Benny Johnson.
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We define a duplicate as any question that shares the same or very similar intent as a previously submitted question. The Florida Open Debate is about building support for unique ideas; having multiple submissions of a single question dilutes the votes and advocacy for it.
Examples of questions considered to be duplicates:
(A) “What steps would you take toward ensuring that college students don’t enter the workforce saddled with debt?”
(B) “How would you reduce students’ post-college debt-load?”
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Beyond the hard and fast rules listed above, these tips will help you win more votes, increase your question’s chance of being selected for the live event, and get the answers you’re looking for from candidates.