If American politicians are happy to face their rivals on TV, Theresa May should follow suit

 Theresa May On The Campaign Trail
 Theresa May On The Campaign Trail Credit: Leon Neal /Getty Images Europe 

Does anyone remember Lincoln Chaffee?

He was one of the Democrats seeking the nomination. A former Republican from Rhode Island, he appeared in the first candidates' debate.

Chaffee did not exactly pack them in. While Bernie Sanders drew thousands to his rallies, he was grateful to get a few dozen. But the televised candidates' debate at least gave Democrats a chance to see if they liked the cut of his gib.

 Hillary Clinton and US Senator Bernie Sanders Credit: Justin Sullivan /2016 Getty Images 

Clearly they did not, but that's life.

The televised debates, if not always edifying, were great fun. The Republicans had so many candidates that in the early stages of the campaign they had to be split into two groups.

There were some memorable moments. My personal favourite was Chris Christie, in full Sopranos mode, slapping down a moderator.

“Even in New Jersey, what you’re doing is called rude,” he said.

Donald Trump, love him or loathe him, was television catnip, giving us some of...


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