World News – GB – Timeline: From Kennedy-Nixon to Trump-Biden: 60 years of US presidential debates


(Reuters) – Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden clash in a televised presidential debate on Tuesday, as part of a 60- a year-old tradition marked by some of the most memorable moments in modern political history:

– 1960: The first televised debate pitted Democratic candidate John F Kennedy against Republican Vice President Richard Nixon, who was recovering from a hospital visit and had a 5-hour shadow, having refused Les 70 million viewers focused on what they saw, not what they heard Kennedy won the election

– 1976: In the first televised debate in 16 years, Democrat Jimmy Carter faced off against unelected Republican President Gerald Ford In remarks considered a major mistake, Ford said: « There is no domination Soviet Union in Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration « Carter won the election

– 1980: Carter appeared in a second debate with Republican Ronald Reagan after boycotting the first for including third-party candidate John Anderson President accused Reagan of planning to cut Medicare health care funding for Elderly Reagan, who had previously complained that Carter was twisting his position on a number of issues, said « There you go again » and chuckled, drawing laughter from the audience and coining a catchphrase Reagan won the election

– 1984: Reagan, 73, managed to defuse the question of his age when he debated Democrat Walter Mondale, 56, joking: « I want you to know that I also won’t do age a stake in this campaign I will not exploit, for political ends, the youth and inexperience of my adversary « Reagan has been re-elected

– 1988: A debate against Republican Vice President George HW Bush began by asking Democrat Michael Dukakis if he would support the death penalty for someone who raped and murdered his wife The question offered for a candidate nicknamed « the ice man » by critics a chance to show his emotional side His painstaking response did the exact opposite Bush won the election

The vice-presidential debate came to life when Bush’s running mate Dan Quayle politically compared himself to John F Kennedy Democrat Lloyd Bentsen replied in a calm and deadly tone: « Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy I knew Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine Senator, you are not Jack Kennedy »

– 1992: Three candidates – Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and Independent Ross Perot – shared a scene Clinton won the election

– 1996: During a debate with Clinton, a student asked Republican Bob Dole if he was too old at 73 to understand the needs of young people He replied that at his age, intelligence and experience meant he had the benefit of wisdom Clinton retorted: « I can only tell you that I don’t think Senator Dole is too old to be president It is the age of his ideas that I question « Clinton was reelected

– 2000: In his first debate with Republican George W Bush, Democratic Vice President Al Gore drew negative reviews for sighing loudly while Bush spoke « We all make mistakes I’ve been known to mutilate myself a syllable or two, « Bush said in their second debate, deliberately mispronouncing » syllable « Bush won the election

– 2004: The last debate between Bush and Democrat John Kerry offered voters a stark contrast in styles, Bush sticking to simple arguments while Kerry published an array of facts to defend his Bush case was reelected

– 2008: Sarah Palin, Republican vice-candidate John McCain, and Joe Biden, who runs with Democrat Barack Obama, clashed over the economy and Iraq in a heated vice-presidential debate but polite Palin frequently flaunted a folk style At one point she said, « Oh, say it’s not, Joe, » adding a « doggone it » for good measure Biden and Palin vowed to do US economic policy more favorable to middle-class workers, but Biden said McCain called economic fundamentals strong as financial crisis erupted Obama-Biden ticket won election

– 2012: Obama stumbled in his first debate with Republican Mitt Romney, surprising and worrying his supporters But in their second debate, Romney, responding to a question about gender pay equality, said that ‘he had « binders full of women » as cabinet candidates The phrase became a social media meme, with tweets, original artwork, and a Facebook group spoofing Romney Obama winning again

– 2016: The first debate between Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton drew 84 million US viewers, a record for one debate and a rare number in the age of digital streaming An exchange of insults dominated their second debate, Clinton lashing out at Trump for sexually aggressive remarks about the women he made on a 2005 videotape that had just been discovered Trump sought to deflect criticism by accusing candidate’s husband Bill Clinton of doing women worse.In his 2017 book, Clinton wrote that in their second debate, Trump made his skin crawl in stalking on the stage and she wondered if she should have told him to ‘back up, you crawl’ Instead, she said, ‘I kept my cool, helped by a life spent dealing with men tough trying to put me off « In the third debate Trump called Clinton » such a mean woman « and refused to say he would accept the election results

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