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Debate Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts of most presidential and vice presidential debates are available on this site.


2012 Transcipts

October 3, 2012: The First Obama-Romney Presidential Debate

October 11, 2012: The Biden-Ryan Vice Presidential Debate

October 16, 2012: The Second Obama-Romney Presidential Debate

October 22, 2012: The Third Obama-Romney Presidential Debate


2008 Transcripts

September 26, 2008: The First McCain-Obama Presidential Debate

October 2, 2008: The Biden-Palin Vice Presidential Debate

October 7, 2008: The Second McCain-Obama Presidential Debate

October 15, 2008: The Third McCain-Obama Presidential Debate


2004 Transcripts

October 13, 2004: The Third Bush-Kerry Presidential Debate

October 8, 2004: The Second Bush-Kerry Presidential Debate

October 5, 2004: The Cheney-Edwards Vice Presidential Debate

September 30, 2004: The First Bush-Kerry Presidential Debate


2000 Transcripts

October 3, 2000: The First Gore-Bush Presidential Debate

October 5, 2000: The Lieberman-Cheney Vice Presidential Debate

October 11, 2000: The Second Gore-Bush Presidential Debate

October 17, 2000: The Third Gore-Bush Presidential Debate

The 2000 Debate Transcripts: Transcripts of the debates translated into six languages


1996 Transcripts

October 6, 1996: The First Clinton-Dole Presidential Debate

October 9, 1996: The Gore-Kemp Vice Presidential Debate

October 16, 1996: The Second Clinton-Dole Presidential Debate


1992 Transcripts

October 11, 1992: The First Clinton-Bush-Perot Presidential Debate

First half of Debate
Second half of Debate

October 13, 1992: The Gore-Quayle-Stockdale Vice Presidential Debate

October 15, 1992: The Second Clinton-Bush-Perot Presidential Debate

First half of Debate
Second half of Debate

October 19, 1992: The Third Clinton-Bush-Perot Presidential Debate


1988 Transcripts

September 25, 1988: The First Bush-Dukakis Presidential Debate

October 5, 1988: The Bentsen-Quayle Vice Presidential Debate

October 13, 1988: The Second Bush-Dukakis Presidential Debate


1984 Transcripts

October 7, 1984: The First Reagan-Mondale Presidential Debate

October 11, 1984: The Bush-Ferraro Vice Presidential Debate

October 21, 1984: The Second Reagan-Mondale Presidential Debate


1980 Transcripts

September 21, 1980: The Anderson-Reagan Presidential Debate

October 28, 1980: The Carter-Reagan Presidential Debate


1976 Transcripts

September 23, 1976: The First Carter-Ford Presidential Debate

October 6, 1976: The Second Carter-Ford Presidential Debate

October 22, 1976: The Third Carter-Ford Presidential Debate

1960 Transcripts

September 26, 1960: The First Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate

October 7, 1960: The Second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate

October 13, 1960: The Third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate

October 21, 1960: The Fourth Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate