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1984 Debates

There were two presidential debates and one vice presidential debate during the 1984 general election.

Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library

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October 7, 1984

October 21, 1984

October 11, 1984 (vice presidential)


General Election Presidential Debate

Ronald Reagan (R), President and
Walter Mondale (D), Former Vice President

Date:

October 7, 1984

Location:

Center for the Performing Arts

City:

Louisville, KY

Time:

9:00 - 10:30 p.m. Eastern

Sponsor:

League of Women Voters

Moderator:

Barbara Walters, ABC News

Panelists:

James Wieghart, New York Daily News, Diane Sawyer, ABC News, Fred Barnes, New Republic

Viewership:

65.1 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

Same questions posed to each candidate, who had two and a half minutes to respond; follow-up by panelists permitted; one minute rebuttal; four minute closing statements.

Topics:

Economic and domestic issues

Transcript

 

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General Election Presidential Debate

Ronald Reagan (R), President and
Walter Mondale (D), Former Vice President

 

Date:

October 21, 1984

Location:

Music Hall, Municipal Auditorium

City:

Kansas City, KS

Time:

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Eastern

Sponsor:

League of Women Voters

Moderator:

Edwin Newman, Formerly NBC News

Panelists:

Georgie Anne Geyer, Universal Press Syndicate; Marvin Kalb, NBC News; Morton Kondracke, New Republic

Viewership:

67.3 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

Same questions posed to each candidate, who had two and one half minutes to respond; one minute follow-up; one minute rebuttal; four minute closing statements.

Topics:

Defense and foreign policy issues

Transcript

 

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Courtesy George Bush Presidential Library

Vice Presidential Debate

George Bush (R), Vice President and
Geraldine Ferraro (D), United States Congresswoman (NY)

Date:

October 11, 1984

Location:

Pennsylvania Hall Civic Center

City:

Philadelphia, PA

Time:

9:00 - 10:30 p.m. Eastern

Sponsor:

League of Women Voters

Moderator:

Sander Vanocur, ABC News

Panelists:

John Mashek, U.S. News & World Report; Jack White, Time; Norma Quarles, NBC News; Robert Boyd, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Viewership:

56.7 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

Same questions posed to each candidate, who had two and a half minutes to respond; follow-up permitted by panelists; one minute rebuttal; four minute closing statements.

Topics:

First half: domestic affairs. Second half: foreign affairs.

Transcript

 

Video

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