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1996 United States presidential debates

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1996 United States presidential debates

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The United States presidential election debates were held during the 1996 presidential election. Two debates were held between Republican candidate, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Democratic incumbent President Bill Clinton, the major candidates. One debate was held with their vice presidential running mates, Jack Kemp and Al Gore. All three debates were sponsored by the non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which has organized presidential debates since its establishment in 1987.

The vice presidential debate was held on October 9 at the Mahaffey Theater. The presidential debates were held on October 6 at The Bushnell and October 16 at University of San Diego, ahead of the November 7 Election Day. Jim Lehrer moderated each of the presidential debates. In each of the first two debates, the candidates received questioned in turn with two minutes to answer and a 60-second rebuttal. The third and final debate featured a town hall meeting format.

Debate schedule

1996 United States presidential election debates
 No. Date & Time Host Location Moderator Participants
Key:
 P  Participant.    N  Non-invitee.  
Democratic Republican
President
Bill Clinton
of Arkansas
Former Senator
Bob Dole
of Kansas
Sunday, October 6, 1996
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EDT[1]
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Hartford, Connecticut Jim Lehrer P P
Wednesday, October 16, 1996
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EDT[1]
University of San Diego San Diego, California P P
1996 United States vice presidential debate
 No. Date & Time Host Location Moderator Participants
Key:
 P  Participant.   N  Non-invitee.  
Democratic Republican
Vice President
Al Gore
of Tennessee
Former Secretary of H.U.D
Jack Kemp
of California
VP  Wednesday, October 9, 1996
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EDT[1]
Mahaffey Theater St. Petersburg, Florida Jim Lehrer P P

Participant selection

In 1996, the following six candidates achieved ballot access in enough states to mathematically win the election via the Electoral College:

Presidential Candidate Party Ballot access
Bob Dole Republican 50+DC
Bill Clinton Democratic 50+DC
Ross Perot Reform 50+DC
Harry Browne Libertarian 50+DC
John Hagelin Natural Law 43
Howard Phillips Constitution 41

Unlike in 1992, Ross Perot was excluded from the debates in the 1996 campaign. Paul Kirk, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates stated that "Our decision, was made on the basis that only President Clinton and Senator Dole have a realistic chance, as set forth in our criteria, to be elected the next president of the United States."[2]

Only Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton met the CPD selection criteria for any of the presidential debates. As a result, only Jack Kemp and Al Gore met the criteria for the vice presidential debate.

1996 was originally to have 3 presidential debates, the first one on Wednesday, September 25 at Washington University in St. Louis; it was canceled by both campaigns. [1]

October 6: First presidential debate (The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts)

The Debate was held in the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Connecticut.

First presidential debate
Date(s)October 6, 1996 (1996-10-06)
VenueThe Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
LocationHartford, Connecticut
ParticipantsBill Clinton
Bob Dole
Moderator(s)Jim Lehrer of PBS

Jim Lehrer of PBS' The NewsHour posed the questions for each candidate.

Transcript

Viewership

An estimated 46.1 million viewers tuned into the debates.

October 9: Vice presidential debate (Mahaffey Theater)

The Debate was held in the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Vice presidential debate
Date(s)October 9, 1996 (1996-10-09)
VenueMahaffey Theater
LocationSt. Petersburg, Florida
ParticipantsAl Gore
Jack Kemp
Moderator(s)Jim Lehrer of PBS
Vice President Al Gore
Tennessee
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp
California

Jim Lehrer of PBS' The NewsHour posed the questions for each candidate.

Transcript

Viewership

An estimated 26.6 million viewers tuned into the debate.

October 16: Second presidential debate (University of San Diego)

Second presidential debate
Date(s)October 16, 1996 (1996-10-16)
VenueUniversity of San Diego
LocationSan Diego, California
ParticipantsBill Clinton
Bob Dole
Moderator(s)Jim Lehrer of PBS

The debate was held at the Shiley Theater on the campus of University of San Diego in San Diego, California

Jim Lehrer of PBS' The NewsHour moderated the town hall style debate featuring the questions asked by members of the audience:

Transcript

Viewership

An estimated 36.3 million viewers tuned into the debate.

Third-party debates

References

  1. ^ a b c "CPD: 1996 Debates". www.debates.org. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  2. ^ "Debate Commission Excludes Perot". cnn.com. 1996-09-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links

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