Inside the presidential debates : their improbable past and promising future / Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay.

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 c...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Minow, Newton N., 1926-
Other Authors: LaMay, Craig L.
Format: Book
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • 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.