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Photos: Presidential debates through the years

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  • 1960 election: Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon during the first-ever televised debate on September 26, 1960.
  • 2000 election: Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush smiles October 3, 2000 at the University of Massachusetts in Boston during the first presidential debate with his opponent Vice President Al Gore. Photo by Darren McCollester, Newsmakers.
  • 1996 election: President Bill Clinton (R at podium) and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole (L at podium) debate on October 16, 1996 at the Shiley Theater at the University of San Diego in California. Photo by Win McNamee, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 2000 election: Lorenzo Alvarez, his wife Angelica Alvarez and their three children watch Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W Bush during the first presidential debate on October 3, 2000 at their home in the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle, Newsmakers.
  • 2000 election: Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore answers a question as Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush (L) listens during their third debate at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, on October 17, 2000. Photo by Jeff Haynes, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 1996 election: President Bill Clinton (L) and Republican challenger Bob Dole (R) listen to questions from the audience during the last of the presidential debates in San Diego, CA on October 16, 1996. Photo by Roberto Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 1996 election: Republican challenger Bob Dole (L) waves to the crowd along side of US President Bill Clinton (R) at the conclusion of their first debate on October 6, 1996 in Hartford, CT. Photo by Jon Levy, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 1992 election: Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton (c), President George Bush (r) and presidential candidate Ross Perot (l) in a picture taken October 11, 1992 in Saint Louis. Photo by Eugene Garcia, AFP/Getty Images
  • 1996 election: Presidential Candidate Bob Dole (L) and US President Bill Clinton smile on October 6, 1996 at the start of the Presidential debate in Hartford, CT. Photo by Don Emmert, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 2000 election: Presidential candidates Democratic Vice President Al Gore, left, and Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush argue a point during their first presidential debate on October 3, 2000 at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Photo by Darren McCollester, Newsmakers.
  • 1996 election: President Bill Clinton (R) shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole (L) following the presidential debate on October 16, 1996 at Shiley Theater at the University of San Diego in California. Photo by Mike Nelson, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 1996 election: President Bill Clinton(R) stresses a point during his October 6, 1996 debate against Republican challenger Bob Dole during their first meeting in Hartford, CT. Photo by Jon Levy, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 1992 election: Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot gestures on October 11, 1992 during his debate with fellow candidate Bill Clinton and President George Bush in St. Louis, MO. Perot's performance was given high marks in many post-debate voter polls. Photo by J. David Ake, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 2008 election: Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) shakes hands with Republican presidental nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at the end of the third presidential debate in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York. Photo by Mario Tama, Getty Images.
  • 2004 election: President George W. Bush makes a point as Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry listens during a 90-minute debate on the campus of Arizona State University October 13, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Joe Raedle, Getty Images.
  • 2004 election: U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry shake hands after a 90-minute debate on the campus of Arizona State University October 13, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Joe Raedle, Getty Images.
  • 2000 election: Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush (L) shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore after their third debate at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, on October 17, 2000. Photo by Tannen Maury, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 2008 election: Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) and Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gesture to the crowd at the end of the third presidential debate in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York. Photo by Mario Tama, Getty Images.
  • 2008 election: Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) and Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) smile during the third presidential debate in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York. Photo by Mario Tama, Getty Images.
  • 2004 election: President George W. Bush (R) and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry acknowledge the crowd at the beginning of the third presidential debate at Arizona State University October 13, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Mario Tama, Getty Images.
  • 2000 election: Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore (R) answers a question as Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush listens during their town hall style debate at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, on October 17, 2000. Photo by Jeff Haynes, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 2000 election: Presidential candidates George W. Bush, left, and Al Gore, center, greet each other and debate moderator Jim Lehrer, October 17, 2000 in St. Louis, Missouri prior to the start of the third and final presidential debate of the campaign. Pool photo/Newsmakers.
  • 2004 election: U.S. President George W. Bush pauses during a 90-minute debate with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on the campus of Arizona State University October 13, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Joe Raedle, Getty Images.
  • 2004 election: Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (L) makes a point as US President George W. Bush listens during their third televised debate October 13, 2004 at Gammage Auditorium, Arizona State University, in Tempe. Photo by Rick T. Wilking, AFP/Getty Images.
  • 2004 election: Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry (L) and President George W. Bush participate in a presidential debate at Arizona State University October 13, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Justin Sullivan, Getty Images.
  • 2008 election: Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) speaks while debating Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) during the third presidential debate in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York. Photo by Spencer Platt, Getty Images.
  • 1976 election: Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican Gerald Ford debate on October 6, 1976.
  • 1976 election: Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican Gerald Ford debate on October 6, 1976.
  • 1976 election: Republican Gerald Ford during a debate against Democrat Jimmy Carter on October 6, 1976.
  • 1980 election: Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan debate each other from separate podiums on October 31, 1980 prior to the 1980 presidential election. Photo by Liaison.
  • 1980 election: Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan debate on October 28, 1980.
  • 1976 election: Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican Gerald Ford debate on October 6, 1976.
  • 1960 election: Republican Richard Nixon during the first-ever televised debate on September 26, 1960.
  • 1960 election: Democrat John F. Kennedy during the first-ever televised debate on September 26, 1960.
  • 1992 election: Presidential candidates Bill Clinton (L), Ross Perot (C) and President George Bush (R) shake hands with the panelists after the conclusion of their final debate on October 19, 1992. Photo by J. David Ake/AFP, Getty Images.
  • 1976 election: Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican Gerald Ford debate on October 6, 1976.
  • 1960 election: Republican Richard Nixon during the first-ever televised debate on September 26, 1960.
  • 1960 election: Democrat John F. Kennedy during the first-ever televised debate on September 26, 1960.
  • 1980 election: Republican Ronald Reagan during a debate against Democrat Jimmy Carter on October 28, 1980.
  • 1988 election: Michael Dukakis during debate against George H.W. Bush on October 13, 1988.
  • 1988 election: George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis debate on October 13, 1988.
  • 1988 election: George H.W. Bush during debate against Michael Dukakis on October 13, 1988.
  • 1992 election: Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton (L) and U.S. President George Bush (R) square off on October 19, 1992 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI as Bush and Clinton and independent candidate H. Ross Perot met in their third and final debate before the election. Photo by J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images.
  • 1988 election: George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis debate on October 13, 1988.
  • 1988 election: Michael Dukakis during debate against George H.W. Bush on October 13, 1988.
  • 1984 election: Ronald Reagan during a debate against Walter Mondale on October 21, 1984.
  • 1984 election: Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale during a debate against Republican Ronald Reagan on October 21, 1984.
  • 1980 election: Democratic presidential candidate during a debate against Republican Ronald Reagan on October 28, 1980.
  • 1988 election: George H.W. Bush during debate against Michael Dukakis on October 13, 1988.
  • 1984 election: Ronald Raegan and Walter Mondale debate on October 21, 1984.
  • 1984 election: Ronald Raegan and Walter Mondale debate on October 21, 1984.
    
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Pictures of some of the previous presidential debates going back to the first televised one with John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

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