September 25, 1988; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS
Dukakis and public service
response to a question by Peter Jennings of ABC News, Michael
Dukakis explained his "passion" for public service.
Bush, Dukakis and the ACLU
Bush addressed a question asked by Peter Jennings concerning
Bush's characterizations of Michael Dukakis as a "card-carrying"
member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
October 5, 1988; Omaha, Nebraska
Moderator: Judy Woodruff, PBS
on Quayle: "No JFK"
only debate encounter with Democratic vice presidential candidate
Lloyd Bentsen, Republican candidate Dan Qualye compared his
experience in Congress to that of John F. Kennedy. Bentsen,
of course, took exception.
October 13, 1988; Los Angeles, California
Moderator: Bernard Shaw, CNN
v. Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw addressed the infamous first question of this
debate to Michael Dukakis. While Shaw's question would later
be criticized as tasteless and intrusive, it was Dukakis'
calm, deliberative response that garnered negative reactions
from many debate viewers.
Shaw's first question to George Bush asked if Bush were to
die before assuming office, would he have confidence in Quayle's
ability to lead. Bush used his answer to attack the press's
treatment of Quayle.