#TBT Presidential Debates

By: KH

Seeds: Although the idea for presidential debates in the US was planted all the way back in 1848 when Abraham Lincoln challenged his senatorial opponent, Stephen Douglas, to a debate over the ethics of slavery, the modern presidential debate did not truly start until 1960. This was when John F. Kennedy took on Richard Nixon in a televised event that many believe helped to turn the tides of the election in Kennedy’s favor.

Core: This week, America (more specifically 84 million Americans) tuned in to watch the first debate of this election cycle. The debate was moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and was the most watched debate in history of the U.S.

Skin: Although most news sources are claiming that Hillary Clinton won the debate, some news sources claim victory for Donald Trump. Some of the evening’s most memorable quotes include: “I know you live in your own reality, but those are not facts.”, “It could have been China. It could have been Russia. It could be someone sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds.”, and "You land at LaGuardia, you land at Kennedy, you land at LAX, you land at Newark, and you come in from Dubai and Qatar and you see these incredible — you come in from China, you see these incredible airports, and you land — we’ve become a third-world country.” (If you missed the debates, try and guess who said what.)

Leaves: Although many political scientists believe that presidential debates have no real effect on the final results of an election, time will tell whether or not Monday’s debate, and the debates to come, will have a lasting impact on the polls.

Food For Thought: Do you think debates matter? Did you watch the debate? Who do you think won?

Still Hungry? How Stuff Works, npr, CNN, San Diego Union-Tribune, Slate, LA Weekly, The Washington Post

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