His challenge remains the same for the many candidates who are trying to break into the lead of the race. How can you take full advantage of a brief moment in the debating phase to change the course of your campaign?
"You're almost ready to just keep talking and do not stop talking … Do not raise your hand, "he said." One thing I learned in advance was that moderators do not care if you raise your hand. They are not professors, they are not teachers. You really just have to lean on and stand your ground. "
"You have to give people a reason why they should listen to you. And if there are other alternatives that are acceptable, there is always the question of why you stand on the shelf? … I mean, do we really need eight variations of barbecue potato chips? I have four options. I'll find some barbecue potato chips that I like, "said Stevens.
But working too hard to differentiate yourself and doing lasting damage, Mook warned.
" There is one. It's a real downside looking desperate, and some of these people need to think about their careers two, three, four, five years later. Personally, I do not think it's worth it. I do not think it's worth bending to that level and looking small. "
" You're prepared to admit that you're likely to lose. Because most people who run for the president lose, "Stevens said. You must be prepared to lose and stand up for something … You can try to run for the president, and it will always come back and bite you. "