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American History Prime Time Schedule: October 26-30, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV in Prime Time

October 26 - October 30, 2020
8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3

 

Monday, October 26
1976 Presidential Debates
This was the first year since 1960 that the major nominees participated in presidential debates: the campaign between incumbent President Gerald Ford and former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter. When they first squared off, a technical problem caused a 28-minute delay in which the candidates remained at their podiums and the television networks interviewed campaign officials. The second debate focused on foreign policy and defense issues, including U.S. - Soviet relations and the credibility of the U.S. in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate..

 

Tuesday, October 27
1980 & 1984 Presidential Debates
First we show the only debate from 1980 between incumbent President Jimmy Carter and former California Governor Ronald Reagan. They fielded questions from journalists on military spending, inflation, inner cities, and the Iranian hostage crisis. Then, from 1984, the second and final debate between incumbent President Ronald Reagan and former Vice President Walter Mondale. It covered defense and foreign policy, including CIA activities in Central America and fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

 

Wednesday, October 28
1988 & 1996 Presidential Debates
Tonight it's the second debate from the 1988 campaign between incumbent Vice President George H.W. Bush and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. The candidates took questions on taxes and the budget deficit, nuclear weapons stockpiles, and their choice of vice presidential running mates. That's followed by the first debate between incumbent President Bill Clinton and former Kansas Senator Bob Dole from the 1996 presidential campaign. The candidates discuss national security, government spending, and Medicare reform.

 

Thursday, October 29
2000 Presidential Debates
Topics at the first of three debates between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George Bush in the 2000 campaign include tax policy, education reform and abortion. Then we show the candidates in a town hall-style debate, with the candidates taking questions from undecided voters on domestic and foreign policy issues.

 

Friday, October 30
2004 Presidential Debates
President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) met at the University of Miami for the first of three presidential debates prior to the 2004 presidential election. They answered questions from Jim Lehrer of PBS about foreign policy, in particular the Bush administration's response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq.

 

American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. And also on Washington Journal this week.