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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2000
"I'm beginning to think not only did he invent the Internet, but he invented the calculator as well. It's fuzzy math." - President George W. Bush
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Transcript: After eight years of President Clinton's leadership, the 2000 campaign centered on whether to give his vice president, Al Gore of Tennessee, the reins of power or instead turn to a familiar name, George Bush, the son of the 41st president.

With a heavy focus on domestic policy, incuding what to do with a growing budget surplus, the campaign and the debates seemed as much about style as substance, with Al Gore's sighing and rolling his eyes appearing to hurt him in the first debate.

Candidate Interviews

VP Gore, President Bush and Jim Lehrer

PRESIDENTIAL
Al Gore (D),
Vice President

NO INTERVIEW

George W. Bush (R),
President

INTERVIEW NOT AVAILABLE

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Joseph Lieberman (D),
United States Senator (CN)

INTERVIEW NOT AVAILABLE

Dick Cheney (R),
Vice President

INTERVIEW NOT AVAILABLE

Debate Transcripts

First Presidential Debate - October 3, 2000

Second Presidential Debate - October 11, 2000

Third Presidential Debate - October 17, 2000

Vice Presidential Debate - October 5, 2000

Transcripts: Commision on Presidential Debates

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

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