Tbh politcal debates here in the NL are mostly superficial, only about 2-3 'big' themes with only one-liners.
From what I've seen of American debates, it is WAY more technical, and local states are much more involved in their interests, even during primaries. In the NL a politician could visit your town, but only the 10 people who would 100% vote for him would go there and circlejerk their viewpoints in 'discussions' which are one-sided and pointless, and the rest of the town wouldn't even know they were there. Lack of some sort of primaries-system hurts the political system here, as it's some sort of gatekeeper to the actual national elections where candidates actually have to care for provinces or at least name their ideas/potential policies, rural and urban.
NL parties give up their 'hard' views straight away; it's a job machine, parlement members make 120k a year but make a coalition with your most hated enemy party and you earn 250k as cabinet member, no wonder they are all so keen to forego their entire party-identity for personal gain.
There's so much more in-depth discussions in US politics too imo, even during national debates trump and hillary are delving into stuff the general public in the NL would totally zone-out off, I'd say US politics have more engagement from the general public than here, where even in regular debates it's often about whose hairstyle sucked, or 1 moment of interruption done right which ppl totally focus on, whereas US candidates have to actually know facts.
Comparing any televised debate in the NL pales in comparison to the US ones too, here it's some left parties all together versus the biggest right party, totally pointless too since you know they'll just form a cabinet together anyway and pass each other jobs.
It's hopeless, at least in the US something changed with Trump vs Hillary choice, in the NL you have a fake choice, rip democracy.