France’s presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron may need to study Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign war-room board before his face-to-face television debate with rival Marine Le Pen on Wednesday.
Clinton’s strategist James Carville put down four winning rules in the now-famous sign at his Little Rock, Arkansas, campaign headquarters. One of them read: “The Debate Stupid.” Clinton, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, worked on conveying his ideas in folksy, accessible terms, using short sentences and gestures for emphasis — skills that not only got him elected, but make him a prized speaker even now.
Macron, who faces the far-right candidate Le Pen in their first and only face-to-face debate on May 3, may need to take a leaf out of Clinton’s playbook.
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