Table of Contents
History and Significance
Role of TV and Social Media
PBS Newshour anchor Jim Lehrer and University of Montana Journalism Professor Lee Banville on presidential candidates and the importance of charisma and oratorical skills in establishing their legitimacy.
Video Clip: 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate (12/20/2015- 2:22)
A look at the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Manchester, NH. A clip of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton discussing foreign policy issues was included.
Video Clip: 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate (2/11/1984- 4:56)
Candidates for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination participated in a debate, including former Vice President Walter Mondale and Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Former Governor Ronald Reagan (R-CA) and former CIA director George H.W. Bush participated in a debate for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination.
Presidential candidates Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon participated in the first-ever televised presidential candidates' debate.
- How have political debates evolved in the last few decades?
- How has the impact of technology (television/social media) influenced the debate process?
- How are the Presidential debates set up and planned?
- Who makes the decisions concerning the rules and style of the debates?
- Does a candidate’s performance during a debate critically impact their standing in the election?
- How do the questions that the debate moderators ask and the presentation of candidates on TV affect the candidate during the general election?