Thursday, October 21, 2010

Example Debates

The links below will take you to full-length videos of past debates, especially between presidents. These are LONG, so you will not want to watch all of them. However, they will give you an understanding of the types of questions to ask and they types of answers to give.
  • Obama-McCain, 2008
  • Biden-Palin, 2008 (skip to around the 6 minute mark if you want to see an example of Palin playing to the camera -- make your own judgment of its appropriateness in a debate)
  • The Kennedy-Nixon Debate (1960) is the most famous presidential debate because it was the first one televised. The format is a little different than a modern debate.
  • CSPAN has links to many debates between candidates across the country.
You will also find video and information on candidate debates at,, and other television news sites (CNN, Fox News, etc.). You may want to try to pick a television station that best fits your candidate (Fox News for a Republican, MSNBC for a Democrat, etc.).

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