Inside the presidential debates [electronic resource] :their improbable past and promising future / Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay.
By: Minow, Newton N.
Contributor(s): LaMay, Craig L.Material type: BookPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 219 p.).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780226530390 (electronic bk.); 0226530396 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Presidents -- United States -- Election | Campaign debates -- United States | Television in politics -- United States | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General | Campaign debates | Political science | Presidents -- Election | Television in politics | United States | Since 1945Genre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 324.7 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references (p. -201) and index.
Foreword / Varton Gregorian -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. How Adlai Stevenson put John F. Kennedy in the White House -- 2. Presidential debates and "equal opportunity" -- 3. "If you're thirty-two points behind, what else are you going to do?" -- 4. The commission on presidential debates and its critics -- 5. The dilemma : who debates? -- 6. How to improve the presidential debates -- Appendixes -- A. Memorandum of understanding between the Bush and Kerry campaigns, 2004 -- B. Negotiated agreements between the League of Women Voters and the Ford and Carter campaigns, 1976 -- C. Section 312 of the Communications Act : "Reasonable Access" for candidates for Federal Office -- D. Challenges to the CPD under Federal Election and Tax Law -- E. Broadcast debates and the First Amendment -- F. The televised presidential debates, 1960-2004 -- Notes -- Index.
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This is an inside look into the history of America's presidential debates and the many battles - both legal and personal - that have determined who has been allowed to debate and under what circumstances. While the authors are alive to recent criticism of presidential debates, in the end they come down heavily in favour of them.