Aiming for the White House: Past US Presidential Debates
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Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D) of Illinois and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona are pictured with moderator Bob Schieffer during a presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Oct. 15, 2008. President Obama will soon go one-on-one with Republican Mitt Romney in three prime-time debates.
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Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D) of Illinois speaks with Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona at the conclusion of the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Oct. 15, 2008.
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President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts wave as they enter the stage before the third and final presidential debate in Tempe, Ariz., Oct. 13, 2004.
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Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry and President Bush listen to a question from the audience during the town hall format debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 8, 2004.
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Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore watches during their third and final debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Oct. 17, 2000.
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Vice President Al Gore hugs wife Tipper, while Texas Gov. George W. Bush gets a kiss from wife Laura at the conclusion of their third and final presidential candidate debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Oct. 17, 2000.
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President Clinton and Bob Dole greet moderator Jim Lehrer after the conclusion of the presidential debate at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 6, 1996.
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From left Hillary Rodham Clinton, daughter Chelsea Clinton, President Clinton, Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole and daughter Robin Dole pose for photographers after the presidential debate at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 6, 1996.
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President Bush talks with independent candidate Ross Perot as Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stands aside at the end of their second presidential debate in Richmond, Va., Oct. 15, 1992.
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Vice President George Bush and Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis gesture during their first presidential debate at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 25, 1988. The panel and moderator are seated in foreground.
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President Ronald Reagan and Democratic candidate Walter Mondale shake hands at the start of the second round of the 1984 Presidential debate in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 21, 1984.
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Walter Mondale looks towards President Ronald Reagan as the president speaks during the debates on Oct. 22, 1984 in Kansas City. In the center is debate moderator, Edwin Newman with back to camera.
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President Jimmy Carter and Republican Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, shake hands on Oct. 28, 1980, in Cleveland, Ohio, before debating before a nationwide television audience.
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With his wife Rosalynn Carter looking on at center, Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, shakes hands with President Gerald Ford, at the conclusion of their debate at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, Oct. 6, 1976 in San Francisco, Calif.
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Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon, debates Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic presidential nominee, during a live broadcast from a New York television studio on Oct. 21, 1960.
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Sen. John F. Kennedy (seated, 2nd from left) (D) of Massachusetts, and Vice President Richard M. Nixon (far right), listen to Don Hewitt of CBS (gesturing) as he speaks during a rehearsal before the first televised presidential debate on Sept. 25, 1960.