ScrawlS11E15 The Big Debate

By February 26, 2015Scrawl Radio

Good morning Scrawl Nation! Democracy is the reason for this season, and the best way to celebrate is with a good, hearty debate!

Photo courtesy of creative commons, Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

(L-R) Incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Bob Fioretti, Willie Wilson, Willian “Dock” Walls faced off Feb. 24th in Chicago’s mayoral election. (Photo courtesy of creative commons, Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune.)

Chicago’s Feb. 24th elections brought in new batch of aldermen and  a runoff between incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia that will take place on April 7th.

The weeks leading up to the election were plastered with campaign ads and, most importantly, debates!

Scrawl looked into the art of debating last year when Bill Nye and Ken Ham argued for and against evolution. Check out the debate and Scrawl’s episode here!

The Mayoral Debates 2015 

Rather than review the stylistic elements of different debates, Scrawl looked at the rhetoric of the mayoral candidates speeches from the CBS2 Chicago debate hosted Feb. 10th.

Incumbent Mayor Emanuel was asked about why he has not spoken out against the fact that Chicago police officers have shot more blacks and Latinos than any other demographic under this administration. Take a listen!


Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Emanuel’s runoff competitor, was asked about the appearance of impropriety (means wrongdoing/misconduct) and if there is an appearance of a conflict when negotiating for the city of Chicago against the Chicago’s Teacher’s Union, who is funding their election. Check it out!


We also talked about the effect of time constraints and charisma on a debate performance. Check out the video to see the rest of the debates with candidates Bob Fioretti, William “Dock” Walls, and Willie Wilson.

Our final song for the episode was a gem to say the least. Please enjoy Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band and their original, “The Eggplant that Ate Chicago.”

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