7, 1984; Louisville, Kentucky
Moderator: Barbara Walters, ABC News
below expectations in his first encounter with Walter Mondale,
President Reagan was unable to use even his winning line from
the 1980 debates effectively.
you go again"
Mondale performed surprisingly well in his first debate with
President Ronald Reagan. He clearly scored points with his
response to President Reagan's quip, "There you go again"
(Mondale's initial reference is to the tax returns of Vice
President George Bush).
Reagan's closing remarks
Reagan displayed some confusion over closing statements, reinforcing
for many viewers questions about his advanced age and his
ability to govern for four more years.
11, 1984; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Moderator: Sander Vanocur, ABC News
President George Bush v, Geraldine Ferraro
Vice President George Bush met Democrat Geraldine Ferraro
in this debate encounter that featured the first woman ever
to be a candidate for the vice presidency. As shown in this
clip, Bush emphasized his association with President Ronald
Reagan, who was comfortably ahead in the polls, while Ferraro
addressed concerns about her qualifications for the vice presidency.
21, 1984; Kansas City, Kansas
Moderator: Edwin Newman, Baltimore Sun
response to the "age question"
the second debate, President Reagan deftly put to rest the
"age question" (highlighted by his poor performance in the
first debate) with characteristic humor.
response on the age issue
President Reagan's remarks on "youth and inexperience,"
Mondale clarified his position on the age issue.