1984 United States presidential debates

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1984 United States presidential debates

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The 1984 United States presidential election debates were held during the 1984 presidential election. Three debates were held between Republican candidate, incumbent president Ronald Reagan and Democratic former vice president Walter Mondale, the major candidates. One debate was held with their vice presidential running mates, incumbent vice president George H. W. Bush and congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro.

Debate schedule[edit]

1984 United States presidential election debates
 No. Date & Time Host Location Moderator Participants
Key:
 P  Participant.   N  Non-invitee.  
Republican Democratic
President
Ronald Reagan
of California
Former Vice President
Walter Mondale
of Minnesota
Sunday, October 7, 1984

9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EDT[1]

Center for the Performing Arts Louisville, Kentucky Barbara Walters P P
Sunday, October 21, 1984

8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EDT[1]

Music Hall, Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Kansas Edwin Newman P P
1984 United States vice presidential debate
 No. Date & Time Host Location Moderator Participants
Key:
 P  Participant.   N  Non-invitee.  
Republican Democratic
Vice President
George H. W. Bush
of Texas
Congresswoman
Geraldine Ferraro
of New York
VP  Thursday, October 11, 1984

9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EDT[1]

Pennsylvania Hall Civic Center Philedelphia, Pennsylvania Sander Vanocur P P

October 7: First presidential debate (Center for the Performing Arts)[edit]

First presidential debate
Date(s)October 7, 1984 (1984-10-07)
VenueCenter for the Performing Arts
LocationLouisville, Kentucky
ParticipantsRonald Reagan
Walter Mondale
Moderator(s)Barbara Walters of ABC
Former Vice President Walter Mondale
Minnesota

The first debate between president Ronald Reagan and former vice president Walter Mondale took place on Sunday, October 7, 1984 at the Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, Kentucky. The debate was moderated by Barbara Walters of ABC News and featured a panel featuring James Wieghart of New York Daily News, Diane Sawyer of ABC News, and Fred Barnes of New Republic. The topics were economic and domestic policy issues.[2]

October 11: Vice presidential debate (Pennsylvania Hall Civic Center)[edit]

Vice presidential debate
Date(s)October 11, 1984 (1984-10-11)
VenuePennsylvania Hall Civic Center
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ParticipantsGeorge H. W. Bush
Geraldine Ferraro
Moderator(s)Sander Vanocur of ABC

The vice presidential debate between vice president George H. W. Bush and congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro took place on Thursday, October 11, 1984 at the Pennsylvania Hall Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The debate was moderated by Sander Vanocur of ABC News and featured a panel featuring John Mashek of U.S. News & World Report, Jack White of Time, Norma Quarles of NBC News, and Robert Boyd of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. The topics were domestic and foreign affairs.

The result was proclaimed mostly even by newspapers, television, other media, and historians.[3][4] Women voters tended to think Ferraro had won, while men, Bush.[5] Some media, however, either declared Bush or Ferraro the winner. The candidates were both praised for their ability to debate.

Bush, Ferraro experience exchange[edit]

Ferraro handled a question about her experience at the debate, after being asked how her three House terms stacked up with Bush's two House terms, career as an ambassador to China and the United Nations, Director of Central Intelligence and four years as Vice President. The peak of the experience battle came when, during a discussion of the Carter administration in Iran and the Reagan administration in Lebanon, Bush said, "Let me help you with the difference, Mrs. Ferraro, between Iran and the embassy in Lebanon."[6] Ferraro responded to cap what The New York Times termed "a bristling exchange",[6] "Let me just say first of all, that I almost resent, Vice President Bush, your patronizing attitude that you have to teach me about foreign policy."[3]

October 21: Second presidential debate (Music Hall, Municipal Auditorium)[edit]

Second presidential debate
Date(s)October 21, 1984 (1984-10-21)
VenueMusic Hall, Municipal Auditorium
LocationKansas City, Kansas
ParticipantsRonald Reagan
Walter Mondale
Moderator(s)Edwin Newman of NBC (formerly)

The second and final debate between president Ronald Reagan and former vice president Walter Mondale took place on Sunday, October 21, 1984 at the Music Hall, Municipal Auditors in Kansas City, Kansas. The debate was moderated by Edwin Newman, formerly of NBC News and featured a panel featuring Georgie Anne Geyer of Universal Press Syndicate, Marvin Kalb of NBC News, and Morton Kondracke of New Republic. The topics were defense and foreign policy issues.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "CPD: 1984 Debates". www.debates.org. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  2. ^ a b "CPD: 1984 Debates". www.debates.org. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  3. ^ a b Nelson, Michael, ed. (1991). Historic Documents on Presidential Elections 1787–1988. Congressional Quarterly, Inc. ISBN 0-87187-607-8. pp. 785ff.
  4. ^ Scala, Dante, J. (2003). Shade, William; Campbell, Ballard C. (eds.). American Presidential Campaigns and Elections. M.E. Sharpe Inc. ISBN 0-7656-8042-4. p. 966.
  5. ^ Light, Paul C.; Lake, Celinda (1985). "The Election: Candidates, Strategies and Decisions". In Nelson, Michael (ed.). The Elections of 1984. Congressional Quarterly, Inc. ISBN 0-87187-330-3. pp. 103, 107–108.
  6. ^ a b Howell Raines (1984-10-12). "Bush and Ferraro Debate: Disagree About Leadership, Foreign Policy and Religion". The New York Times.

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