Great Debates in History: The Bentsen-Quayle Vice Presidential Debate, October 1988

Whether a vice-presidential debate falls into the category of one of the great debates in history is, of course, debatable. These in-between debates have rarely served any other purpose than to introduce the heir apparent to the office. Also, it helps the electorate judge whether the candidate is of potential presidential caliber if the incumbent has to leave office early.  Nevertheless, the Bentsen-Quayle vice-presidential debate is memorable because of a breathtaking putdown that probably won the debate for Bentsen. View Debate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99-v2Farbjs

Great Debates in History: October 26th 1965, Buckley vs Baldwin

Today on October 26th in 1965 William F. Buckley and James Baldwin met at the University of Cambridge to debate the topic "Has the American dream been achieved at the expense of the American negro?". William F Buckley was the founder and editor of the conservative National Review. James Baldwin was a writer and social activist. Click here to view the debate!

Great Debates in American History: Kennedy vs. Nixon, September 26th 1960 (Round 1)

Today on September 26 is the 56th anniversary of a milestone in American politics: the 1960 John F. Kennedy-Richard M. Nixon nationally televised presidential campaign debates. This was the first of four debates leading up the election, which Kennedy narrowly won.  Watch the first installment here from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

Great Debates: Buckley and Vidal, August 28th, 1968


The August 28th Debate!  William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal were polar opposites. Having debated a number of times beginning in 1962, their relationship culminating in 1968 with an explosive series that changed television punditry forever. Buckley and Vidal were both popular American novelists and frequent political commentators. Buckley was a renowned conservative, even starting a magazine to further the cause. And Vidal was a liberal intellectualist whose views were grounded in personal experience. Their debates have been cited as the inspiration for modern sensationalism in television political news programming.