Polygraph during Debates?

@newtondak (3950)
United States
October 12, 2008 9:24am CST
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/politics/election2008/news-article.aspx?storyid=120677&catid=221 Maybe our Presidential candidates should do the same! What do you think?
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
12 Oct 08
Hahahaha!! I love it! In fact, they should all have surgically implanted ones, all politicians, so whenever they speak, we will know if it is true or not!
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
13 Oct 08
It would be great if they just made them answer the question that is asked instead of going on a rant about what's wrong with the other candidate.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I agree with that 100%. Just answer the darned question and be honest! If you do not have the facts straight, do not say it. Say, "I am not sure of the facts on this so I cannot give a proper answer." I have more respect for that than some of the incorrect things that were said about the opposing candidate. I found this site that checks the facts of debates for candidates and then you can look and see who was the most accurate. Quite interesting. I think that they should say, "This is what I plan on doing, this is what the former president did that I would like to change." Stop placing blame, just stick to facts. We are not stupid. We will figure it out.
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
12 Oct 08
ROFL!!!!! Awesome idea. Sounds like a sure way for a 3rd party candidate to slide in to the whitehouse. Good luck getting either Obama or McCain to agrea to the idea though.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I personally would like to hear the American people challenge both candidates to such a debate.
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@ClarusVisum (2163)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Polygraphs are effectively useless. They have an accuracy rate in the 60s%. This is why polygraph results are inadmissable as evidence in court. If we DID have something that could TRULY effectively tell how truthful someone was being, I'd say the first thing we use it for is to eliminate the flawed jury system in the courts, which would eliminate the dreaded "jury duty" and SERIOUSLY streamline the judicial system.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
12 Oct 08
Hello Newtondak, I think that Genihanna has hit the nail on the head. Some people repeat their own lies often enough, or are certifiably pathological, so that they believe their own B.S. A lie detector would not be able to differentiate between fact and fabrication. The flip side is that for the non-pathological the threat of a demand that he or she be hooked up to lie detector equipment might force a new found respect for the truth. I hope that this polygraphed debate is nationally televised. I'd really like to see it. Thanks for sharing, Newtondak!
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Absolutely - it would have to be televised!
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@genihanna (358)
• United States
12 Oct 08
Wow, Newtondak - sure would be a great idea! - but I have my doubts that it would work - I read one comment below the article that mentioned the fact that politicians (and all law enforcement and justice personnel) are taught to lie and beat the machines! I believe it! And some of them have been lying for so long, they actually believe that crap that they are slinging! It would be funny though to see them jolted or something every time they lied! Shoot, they'd never get a word out that way though! LOL
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Maybe so, but I think it would be interesting to see. It would probably be the shortest debate in history!
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