Wednesday, Dec 02, 2020
Focus on the big picture

McCain vs. Obama: The first 2008 presidential debate

PBS, 26 Sep 2020
The 2008 presidential election cycle featured Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the Democratic nominee. The first debate was a 90-minute discussion focused on foreign policy, with questions posed by the moderator, followed by discussion between the candidates. Moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS, it took place on September 26, 2008, in Oxford, Mississippi.

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:
Snapchat: @pbsnews

PBS NewsHour podcasts:
Related Articles