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Muted Candidate

Title: The Muted Candidate.
Name(s): Waldeck, Christopher, author
School of Communication
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: During political debates, there are often candidates who are "muted" onstage by a dominant group because their ideologies and beliefs are different from those within the dominant group. By analyzing the Republican primary debates I was able to observe the candidates that were being muted, who the dominant group was, how the muted group was being muted, and what values and ideas were the most dominant. In this debate I found that in each debate the candidate whose ideas were muted the most was Ron Paul. The questions he was asked were meant to address his ideas rather than take a position on an issue. He was often scoffed at by the candidates or ignored by them. Despite making it to the final four, he was still considered an outsider during the debates by the questions he was asked by the moderator and the reactions of the other candidates. In order to move forward as a Democracy, all ideas must be brought to the table not just the ones of the dominant group in order to truly represent the people in America. Keywords Muted, Dominant, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0247 (IID)
Keywords: Muted Group, Dominant Group, Libertarian, Republican
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: April 19, 2013.
Subject(s): America -- Politics and government
Culture -- Study and teaching
Political science
Communication in politics
Communication -- Social aspects
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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