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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1992
"Look at all three of us. Decide who you think will do the job, pick that person in November because believe me... the party's over and it's time for the cleanup crew." - Ross Perot
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Transcript: President George H.W. Bush's campaign and debates were complicated by two factors -- first, a savvy younger Democrat from Arkansas named Bill Clinton and second by an eccentric tycoon and government reformer named Ross Perot. President Bush, who had successfully seen the country through the first Gulf War and guided international policy during the collapse of the Soviet Union, saw the campaign focus almost entirely on domestic economic concerns and the debates appeared to frustrate the experienced president.

This version of the report aired as part of the original Debating Our Destiny documentary in 2000.

Candidate Interviews

Presidents Clinton and Bush

PRESIDENTIAL
Bill Clinton (D),
President

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George Bush Sr. (R),
President

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Ross Perot (I),
Businessman

NO INTERVIEW

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Al Gore (D),
Vice President

NO INTERVIEW

Dan Quayle (R),
Vice President

TRANSCRIPT

James Stockdale (I),
Retired Admiral

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Debate Transcripts

First Presidential Debate - October 11,1992

Second Presidential Debate - October 15,1992

Third Presidential Debate - October 19,1992

Vice Presidential Debate - October 13,1992

Transcripts from the Commision on Presidential Debates

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

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