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Bell Ringer: History of Presidential Debates

History of Presidential Debates

University of Missouri’s Mitchell McKinney talked about the history of presidential debates.

Description

University of Missouri’s Mitchell McKinney talked about the history of presidential debates in the first video clip. Highlights from historical presidential debates are shown in the second video from the Brookings Institution program on the role of presidential debates.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Mitchell McKinney, what impact have presidential debates had on candidates?
  • Based on the New York Times article that is referenced, why are debates unnecessary?
  • Explain Mitchell McKinney's views on the significance of these debates.
  • Describe the significance of the 1960 debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon as it is referenced in the second video clip.
  • Describe the effectiveness of the 1980 debate between Ronald Regan and Jimmy Carter.
  • What strategy did Ronald Reagan use in his second debate with Walter Mondale in 1984?
  • What role did empathy play in the debates of 1988 and 1992?
  • What issue did Al Gore face during his debate with George W. Bush in 2000?
  • Describe the interaction between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 debate and its potential impact.

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Empathy
    • Exploit
    • Pundit
    • Recession
    • Satire

    Topics

    Campaigns & Elections

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity