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Presidential debates

Presidential Debates


Commission on presidential debates www debates org

Commission on Presidential Debateswww.debates.org

Mission Statement:

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004.


Questions to ponder

Questions to Ponder…

  • Why are the debates important?

    • In this day and age of numerous cable news networks, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, why do we need debates?

  • What are some of the things that people notice when watching a debate on TV? Think outside the “issues”.

  • How can the debates affect a campaign?


Now let s take a look at some debates in presidential history

Now let’s take a look at some debates in Presidential History…

John F. Kennedy & Richard Nixon

September 26, 1960

66.4 Million Viewers

Let’s watch the clip and answer the questions

And just for fun….


Gerald ford jimmy carter october 6 1976 63 9 million viewers

Gerald Ford & Jimmy CarterOctober 6, 197663.9 Million Viewers

Let’s Watch President Ford’s Response to a question


Unfortunately for president ford

Unfortunately for President Ford…

Eastern Europe was definitely behind the Iron Curtain!!!!


Mr carter s response

Mr. Carter’s Response….

  • MR. CARTER: (chuckle) Well, in the first place, I'm not criticizing His Holiness the Pope. I was talking about Mr. Ford. The uh - fact is that secrecy has surrounded the decisions made by the Ford administration. In the case of the Helsinki agreement - it may have been a good agreement at the beginning, but we have failed to enforce the so-called basket three part, which insures the right of people to migrate, to join their families, to be free, to speak out. The Soviet Union is still jamming Radio Free Europe - Radio - uh- uh - Radio Free Europe is being jammed. We've also seen a very serious uh - problem with the so-called Sonnenfeldt document, which apparently Mr. Ford has just endorsed, which said that there's an organic linkage between the Eastern European countries and the Soviet Union. And I would like to see Mr. Ford convince the Polish-Americans and the Czech-Americans and the Hungarian-Americans in this country that those countries don't live under the domination and supervision of the Soviet Union behind the Iron - uh - Curtain. We also have seen Mr. Ford exclude himself from access to the public. He hasn't had a tough cross-examination-type press conference in over thirty days. One press conference he had without sound. He's also shown a weakness in yielding to pressure. The Soviet Union, for instance, put pressure on Mr. Ford and he refused to see a symbol of human freedom recognized around the world, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Arabs have put pressure on Mr. Ford, and he's yielded, and has permitted a boycott by the Arab countries of American businesses who trade with Israel, or who have American Jews owning or taking part in the management of American - companies. His own secretary of commerce had to be subpoenaed by the Congress to reveal the names of businesses who were subject to this boycott. They didn't volunteer the information. He had to be subpoenaed. And the last thing I'd like to say is this: This grain deal with the Soviet Union in '72 was terrible, and Mr. Ford made up for it with three embargoes, one against our own ally in Japan. That's not the way to run our foreign policy, including international trade. (http://www.debates.org/pages/trans76b.html) 10/6/08


Jimmy carter ronald reagan october 28 1980 80 6 million viewers

Jimmy Carter & Ronald ReaganOctober 28, 198080.6 Million Viewers

Watch the Clip & Answer the Questions


George h w bush bill clinton ross perot october 15 1992 69 9 million viewers

George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, & Ross PerotOctober 15, 199269.9 Million Viewers

  • This debate was a little different for a few reasons… 1. There were three candidates.

    2. It was held in a “town hall” format.

    Let’s take a look


Your assignment

Your Assignment!!!!

1)Watch at least 25 minutes of the Presidential Debate on T.V./Youtube/internet tonight.

2) Was you watch the debate, fill out the debate worksheet rating the candidates on their performance during the time that you watched. Bring this to class tomorrow.

3) Tomorrow, find an article about the debate from a media source. (Magazine, newspaper, major internet news site) Make sure that you have a full citation for where the article is from.


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