Saturday, Oct 31, 2020
Focus on the big picture

Clinton vs. Dole: The first 1996 presidential debate

PBS, 26 Sep 2020
The 1996 presidential election cycle featured incumbent President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, and Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, the Republican nominee. The first debate featured a 90-minute discussion with the topics selected by the moderator, with candidates questioned in-turn, followed by a rebuttal and a response. Moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS, it took place on October 6, 1996, in Hartford, Connecticut.

This content is brought to you as part of a PBS NewsHour project to make all presidential and vice presidential debates available to watch online.

To view other debates, go to:

Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app:
Find more from PBS NewsHour at
Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Follow us:

PBS NewsHour podcasts:
Related Articles