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Answer the following questions about presidential debates throughout American history.
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The tradition of presidential debates was preceeded by debates between which two Illinois Senate candidates in 1858?
Stephen A. Douglas
The first presidential debate was during the 1948 Republican primaries betweeen Harold Stassen and which eventual nominee?
The first general election presidential debate was held in what year?
And who did it feature?
John F. Kennedy
This was one of the first events that large portions of the country watched how?
The next three general election debates, in 1976, 1980, and 1984, were sponsered by which group?
League of Women Voters
In 1976, Gerald Ford made the blunder of saying there was no what?
of Eastern Europe"
In 1980, conflict occured between the two major campaigns over the inclusion at debate of what Independent candidate?
John B. Anderson
What phrase did Ronald Reagan famously use in a 1980 and again in 1984?
What Wendy's catchphrase did Walter Mondale use in a primary debate against Gary Hart?
What well-received joke did Reagan make at the second debate in 1984?
"I will not make
an issue of this campaign."
Who, at a 1988 vice presidential debate, told Dan Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy?"
The 1992 debates were the first with three candidates because they included which businessman running as an Independent?
And who was his running mate who famously asked "Who am I? Why am I here?"
In 2004, Bush controversially responded to a criticism of the Iraq war by telling Kerry he had forgotten about the invovlement of which Eastern European country?
At the vice presidential debate, Dick Cheney criticized who by saying that he had never met him in the Senate?
The 2008 VP debate was later turned into a chamber opera title "Say It Ain't So, Joe," after a quote by what Republican nominee?
At a 2012 Republican primary debate, Rick Perry forgot he wanted to eliminate which federal department that he would later become Secretary of?
At a 2012 general election debate, Mitt Romney responded to a question about pay equity with which phrase that was later criticized as demeaning?
How did Donald Trump respond to a question about his derogatory comments towards women during a 2016 primary debate? (Hint: talk show host)
How did Donald Trump respond to a debate comment by Hillary Clinton that it was good he was not in charge of the country?
Which future running mate of Joe Biden's received a quick spike in the polls after criticizing his record on race at the first 2020 primary debate?
Which former Maryland congressman, who had been running a campaign since July 2017, argued about health care with Elizabeth Warren at the second debate?
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