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Presidential Debates - 10 Fun Facts - as part of the education series by GeoBeats.
All kidding aside - Here are 10 fun facts about the Presidential Debates.
Number 10. One of the most watched Presidential debate was in 1980 between President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan with 80.6 million viewers.
Number 9. One of the least watched Presidential debate was in 1996 between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole with 36.3 million viewers.
Number 8. The first ever televised debate was between Democratic candidate Sen. John Kennedy and Republican candidate Vice President Richard Nixon on September 26th, 1960.
Number 7. In 1980, when Independent candidate John Anderson was the first third-party candidate invited to participate in a presidential debate with President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, Carter refused to take part.
Number 6. Jim Lehrer, of PBS Newshour, has been the host of the most President debates with 12 appearances beginning in 1988.
Number 5. Each participant’s campaign offices negotiates a detailed secret contract that reportedly can regulate everything from what kind of pens and paper can be used to what questions the candidates may ask each one another.
Number 4. Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri has hosted more Presidential debates than any other location in history.
Number 3. A shocking and memorable line from a Presidential debate was in 1976 when Gerald Ford declared that “There is no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe.”
Number 2. During his appearance in the 1984 debate with Walter Mondale, when questioned about his age, Ronald Reagan cleverly responded that he would not "exploit for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience".
Number 1. There were no Presidential debates during the election years of 1964, 1968 and 1972.