I hear a lot about how Trump will crush Hillary in their debates. But is there much evidence that Trump is a strong debater? He mostly seemed to scrape by in the GOP debates, and then flourish the rest of the week when he was alone on stage or in interviews.
Trump’s kind of thinking-out-loud isn’t well-suited to debates. A lot of people like how Trump takes them through his thought processes. It’s kind of a democratic way of leading — the campaign staff doesn’t have his researchers feed focus groups findings to his speechwriters. Instead, he just gets up there and starts talking about what’s on people’s minds — for example, note Trump thinking out loud, and pretty successfully, about that poor gorilla. And the audience can hear him trying out ideas and work his way through them in real time.
But all that requires a leisurely pace, which is not found in Presidential debates.