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1996 Debates

There were two presidential debates and one vice presidential debate during the 1996 general election.


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October 6, 1996

October 16, 1996

October 9, 1996(vice presidential)


General Election Presidential Debate

Bill Clinton (D), President and
Bob Dole (R), United States Senator (KS)

Date:

October 6, 1996

Location:

The Bushnell

City:

Hartford, CT

Time:

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

Sponsor:

Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator:

Jim Lehrer, PBS

Viewership:

46.1 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

Single moderator; two minute opening statements; candidates questioned in turn with 90 seconds to answer; 60 second rebuttal; 30 second response; two minute closing statements.

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General Election Presidential Debate

Bill Clinton (D), President and
Bob Dole (R), United States Senator (KS)

Date:

October 16, 1996

Location:

Shiley Theater, University of San Diego

City:

San Diego, CA

Time:

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

Sponsor:

Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator:

Jim Lehrer, PBS

Questioners:

113 uncommitted voters

Viewership:

36.3 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

Town hall meeting; two minute opening statements; candidates questioned in turn with 90 seconds to answer; 60 second rebuttal; 30 second response; two minute closing statements.

Transcript

 

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Vice Presidential Debate

Al Gore (D), Vice President and
Jack Kemp (R), Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Date:

October 9, 1996

Location:

The Bayfront Center’s Mahaffey Theater

City:

St. Petersburg, FL

Time:

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

Sponsor:

Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator:

Jim Lehrer, PBS

Viewership:

26.6 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format:

No opening statements; candidates questioned in turn with 90 seconds to answer; 60 second rebuttal; 30 second response; three minute closing statements.

Transcript

 

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