Politics

  • October 10, 1996  

    Not spontaneous? Does it matter? This background report proceeded the panel discussion on the vice presidential debate. Continue reading

  • October 10, 1996  

    Not spontaneous? Does it matter? The NewsHour’s regional commentators viewed Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential debate between Republican Jack Kemp and Democrat Al Gore as informative but staged. The journalists also lamented the fact that significantly fewer Americans are watching the debates this election than in 1992. Continue reading

  • October 9, 1996  

    As Jack Kemp and Al Gore prepare to debate politics and policy in Florida, Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, examines the public’s view of the first debate and of the men who would be Vice President. Continue reading

  • October 8, 1996  

    Mention Medicare, and political battles erupt spontaneously. But the issue is more complicated than either side makes it out to be. Margaret Warner hosts a debate on the deeper details of this “hot-button” issue. Continue reading

  • October 7, 1996  

    On the opening day of the Supreme Court’s new term, there are already 45 cases to hear. Those referred to in the press as “blockbusters” — because of their controversial nature — range from physician assisted suicide, to whether the President of the United States can be sued in a civil case. Continue reading

  • October 7, 1996  

    Both campaigns assess their leaders’ performances after Presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole squared off for 90 minutes on national television. Kwame Holman describes highlights of the debate, followed by an interview with White House chief of staff, Leon Panetta, Dole Campaign National Chairman, Donald Rumsfeld. Continue reading

  • October 4, 1996  

    The Debates: Present. Margaret Warner talks to pollster Andy Kohut about some distressing numbers that suggest that these nationwide debates may not even be widely watched. Continue reading

  • October 4, 1996  

    Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks to the NewsHour’s regular panel of historians about the role that presidential debates have played in decades past. Continue reading

  • October 4, 1996  

    This Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut, President Clinton and Bob Dole will face off in the first of two nationally televised debates. First up is a Kwame Holman backgrounder on the history of the Presidential debates. Continue reading

  • October 4, 1996  

    This Sunday in Hartford, Connecticut, President Clinton and Bob Dole will face off in the first of two nationally televised debates. This and the mid-east summit are the two topics tackled by the NewsHour’s political experts, Shields & Gigot. Continue reading