Will the first debate be a game changer? History says, not so much

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 1:50 p.m. MDT

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The debate between Gore and Bush in 2000 is an example of how body language can affect a campaign, the Telegraph said.

At one point in the debate, while Bush was answering a question, Gore got up and walked over to him, stopping close by. Bush nodded at him and continued his answer.

In other points during the debate, Gore would sigh. These sighs "came across as condescending," The Washington Post said. According to CNN, the sighs made Gore look like a teacher's pet who knew all the answers "but was annoying and irritating."

After the debate, there was a swing of two or three points toward Bush, which gave him a narrow lead, Sides wrote. As a whole, the debates in 2000 may have lowered Gore's poll standings about 2 points, Erikson and Wlezien estimated.

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