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1988 Debates

There were two presidential debates and one vice presidential debate during the 1988 general election.

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September 25, 1988

October 13, 1988

October 5, 1988(vice presidential)


General Election Presidential Debate

George Bush (R), Vice President and
Michael Dukakis (D), Massachusetts Governor

Date:

September 25, 1988

Location:

Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

City:

Winston-Salem, NC

Time:

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

Sponsor:

Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator:

Jim Lehrer, PBS

Panelists:

John Mashek, Atlanta Constitution; Peter Jennings, ABC; Anne Groer, Orlando Sentinel

Viewership:

65.1 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

No opening statements; each candidate questioned in turn with two minutes to respond; one minute rebuttal; follow-up questions permitted by panelists; two minute closing statements.

Topic:

Questions divided between foreign and domestic policy

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General Election Presidential Debate

George Bush (R), Vice President and
Michael Dukakis (D), Massachusetts Governor

Date:

October 13, 1988

Location:

Pauley Pavillion, University of California at Los Angeles

City:

Los Angeles, CA

Time:

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

Sponsor:

Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator:

Bernard Shaw, CNN

Panelists:

Andrea Mitchell, NBC; Ann Compton, ABC; Margaret Warner, Newsweek

Viewership:

67.3 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

No opening statements; each candidate questioned in turn with two minutes to respond; one minute rebuttal; follow-up by panelists permitted; two minute closing statements.

Topics:

Defense and foreign policy issues

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Vice Presidential Debate

Dan Quayle (R), United States Senator (IN) and
Lloyd Bentsen (D), United States Senator (TX)

Date:

October 5, 1988

Location:

Omaha Civic Auditorium

City:

Omaha, NE

Time:

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

Sponsor:

Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator:

Judy Woodruff, PBS

Panelists:

Tom Brokaw, NBC; Jon Margolis, Chicago Tribune; Brit Hume, ABC

Viewership:

46.9 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

No opening statements; each candidate questioned in turn with two minutes to respond; one minute rebuttal; two minute closing statements.

Transcript

 

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