by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
2020 Presidential debates Schedules, moderators and PROGRAMS announced
Over the span of the next three weeks, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) will conduct a series of three presidential debates. This year's debates feature the incumbent president Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden in preparation for the Nov. 3 election.
If at any time the upcoming debates need to separate the candidates to safer locations due to Covid-19 concerns, it won’t be the first time presidential candidates debated remotely. During one of the 1960 presidential debates between Richard Nixon and John Kennedy, the candidates were separated by 3,000 miles. Both men appeared in similar looking ABC studios, and stood behind matching podiums, but Kennedy was actually televised from New York City and Nixon was in Hollywood, while the moderator Bill Shadell and five panelists asked the questions from a third ABC affiliate studio.
2020 presidential debate schedule
Incumbent Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden
Tuesday, Sept. 29
9pm to 10:30pm EST
Thursday, Oct. 15
9pm to 10:30pm EST
HISTORY OF US presidential DEBATE
Presidential Debate Precursors
1858: Senatorial Debates
Abraham Lincoln vs. Stephen A. Douglas
August 21, 1858 to October 15, 1858
1940: Presidential Debate
Incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt refused to participate in debate challenge proposed by Wendell Wilkie
1948: Presidential Primary Debates
Republican Party primary candidates Thomas E. Dewey and Harold Stassen debated on radio
1956: Presidential Primary Debates
Democratic Party primary candidates Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver debated on television
1960: Presidential Primary Debates
Democratic Party primary candidates John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey debated on television
Debates Sponsored by Television Networks
1960 Presidential Debates
Richard Nixon vs. John F. Kennedy
Sept. 26, 1960
Oct. 7, 1960
Oct. 21, 1960
Richard M. Nixon
1964: No Presidential Debate
Incumbent Lyndon Johnson refused to participate against challenger Barry Goldwater
1968: No Presidential Debate
Richard Nixon refused to participate against challenger Hubert Humphrey
1972: No Presidential Debate
Incumbent Richard Nixon refused to participate against challenger George McGovern
Debates Sponsored by League of Women Voters
1976 Presidential Debates
Incumbent Gerald Ford vs. Jimmy Carter
Beginning in 1976, the League of Women Voters organized nonpartisan presidential debates and forums to ensure that voters were well-informed on the upcoming electoral issues. Under their guidance, the debates featured two women moderators Pauline Frederick and Barbara Walters. In 1988, the League decided to stop supporting the debates when they determined that the candidates were demanding increasingly partisan conditions.
Sept. 23, 1976
Oct. 6, 1976
Oct. 22, 1976
During the Sept. 23 debate the audio failed during Carter's response with less than 9 minutes remaining in the program. Sound engineers endeavored to find the cause for 27 minutes of “technicial difficulties” while Carter and Ford remained standing silently behind their podiums and moderator Harry Reasoner assured the audience it was not a conspiracy to devalue either candidate. Ultimately the problem was traced to a blown transformer.
1980 Presidential Debate
Incumbent Jimmy Carter vs. Ronald Reagan
Oct. 28, 1980
In 1983, the public learned that the Reagan campaign was given access ahead of time to Carter’s debate briefing materials which had been classified as "Top Secret." The scandal was thereafter referred to as “Debategate.”
1984 Presidential Debate
Incumbent Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale
Oct. 7, 1984
Oct. 21, 1984
Debates Sponsored by Commission on Presidential Debates
1988 Presidential Debate
George HW Bush vs. Michael Dukakis
The nonpartisan CPD non-profit corporation was established in 1987 and is sponsored by both the Democratic Party and Republican Party. Since 1988, the CPD has produced presidential and vice-presidential debates which are paid for by private foundation and corporate contributions.
Sept. 25, 1988
Oct. 13, 1988
1992 Presidential Debate
Incumbent George HW Bush vs. Bill Clinton vs. Ross Perot
The 1992 series of debates included the first in which three candidates participated and the first Town Hall Meeting debate form which allowed questions from audience.
Oct. 11, 1992
Oct. 15, 1992
Oct. 19, 1992
During the Town Hall, the audience expressed the candidates needed to focus on the issues and stop personal attacks against each other.
1996 Presidential Debate
Incumbent Bill Clinton vs. Bob Dole
The CPD determined they would only include candidates who had a "realistic chance" of winning the election.
Oct. 6, 1996
Oct. 16, 1996
2000 Presidential Debate
Al Gore vs. George W. Bush
The CPD determined they would only include candidates who achieved 15% of voter support in national polls.
Oct. 3, 2000
Oct. 11, 2000
Oct. 17, 2000
2004 Presidential Debate
Incumbent George W. Bush vs. John Kerry
Sept. 30, 2004
Oct. 13, 2004
Following the Sept. 30 debate, controversies arose over the source of the bulge which was visible from the back of Bush’s suit jacket. Once NASA published a high-definition photo of the wired apparatus, technical experts speculated it could have been an audio receiver while the campaign team stated it was a " wrinkle in the fabric."
2008 Presidential Debate
John McCain vs. Barack Obama
The 2008 series of debates were the first in which the internet allowed for audiences members to submit questions virtually to the moderator.
Sept. 26, 2008
Oct. 7, 2008
Oct. 15, 2008
2012 Presidential Debate
Incumbent Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
The CPD determined they would only include candidates who achieved 15% of voter support in national polls and who also had the potential to reach 270 electoral votes.
Oct. 7, 2012
Oct. 16, 2012
Oct. 22, 2012
A notable amount of internet Fact-Checking services for the first time were available during and after the debates.
2016 Presidential Debate
Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
For the first time, this series of debates were widely shown live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media.
Sept. 26, 2016
Oct. 19, 2016
Affordable Care Act
The CPD has also announced that the Vice Presidential Debate will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Published 11pm, August 16, 2020
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION 2020 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Over the course of four nights this week, the Democratic Party will lay out their platform as they look forward to the November election. Originally scheduled to take place in person in Milwaukee, the 2020 National Convention will now take place primarily remotely.
The Convention's Program will begin every night at 9pm, gaveled into session by members of the Wisconsin delegation who will speak from The Wisconsin Center. The Center will also manage hundreds of video feeds which are planned to be delivered from locations across the country.
The following Convention Program Schedule has been announced:
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