There's a big difference in philosophy between progressives and 'liberals'. Liberals prefer to 'resist'. That only means fighting against something 'aka' push back. As progressives, we prefer to #Insist. That means we are actually fighting for something
The presidential debates define the Overton Window for the political debate season. The Overton Window is the range of issues that are deemed serious in public discourse, and by controling it you can ultimately control the slant of the policies put into law in the next 4 - 8 years, regardless of who wins.