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starsJim Lehrer hosts Debating Our Destiny
A look at the pivotal moments from the last 48 years of presidential debates through the eyes of those who were there.
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star "Simply terrific... a resounding triumph for public TV, for anchor-editor Jim Lehrer and for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions... This is first-rate and first-class television in every way that matters. - Tom Shales,  The Washington Post Review of Debating Our Destiny in 2000
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Debating our Destiny: Presidential Debate Moments That Shaped History
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About the Project

Jim LehrerThroughout the last 20 years, Jim Lehrer has sat down with the presidential and vice presidential candidates to discuss one thing -- the debates. Through these revealing conversations he has learned more about what goes into preparing for and dealing with the most watched moment of the campaign. The result of these hours of conversations were two documentaries: Debating Our Destiny, which was broadcast in 2000; and 2008's Debating Our Desitny II. In this site you can watch both documentaries as well as read many of the interviews that went into making them.

Debate Quotes
Who said that? Match the quote with the correct candidate

"The interesting thing about presidential debates is that I don't think you ever win them, but you darn sure can lose them."
-- President George W. Bush

"My God, we're talking about global climate change, cancer, health, security, energy independence, pollution of our waterways, loss of our fisheries, countless issues and we had 90 seconds to talk about it in the most viewed moment of a presidential race."
-- Sen. John Kerry

Produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in association with the Commission on Presidential Debates and WETA

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