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From the Vault: Impact of Early Presidential Debates

Clip: Season 2015 | 4m 32s

As the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election season approaches, we take a look back in the Washington Week Vault to see how an early debate in 2011 shaped the GOP field. The early primary debates are often the first chance for candidates lower in the polls to make a first impression on a national stage, but can they make an impact with party activists?

Aired: 08/03/15

Rating: NR

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10 big stories Washington Week covered

Celebrating 50 Years

10 big stories Washington Week covered

Washington Week came on the air February 23, 1967. In the 50 years that followed, we covered a lot of history-making events. Read up on 10 of the biggest stories Washington Week covered in its first 50 years.

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