POLITICS
10/01/2012 01:08 pm ET Updated Dec 01, 2012

Presidential Debates: Do They Even Matter? (VIDEO)

There's a lot of buzz leading up to the first presidential debate on Wednesday. But has a debate truly ever transformed the race - or won the White House?

Marc Lamont Hill talked with a group of debate experts and community members on whether the debates even matter anymore. Join Marc were David Birdsell, co-author of "Presidential Debates: The Challenge of Creating An Informed Electorate;" Dotty Lynch, former senior political editor at CBS News; Tom Cunnhingham, a HuffPost community member and voter in California; and Howard Fineman, editorial director at the Huffington Post.

WATCH THE CLIP ABOVE AND THE FULL SEGMENT ON HUFFPOST LIVE.