on Sound Bites"
23, 1996; A23. By David S. Broder
this Broder column devoted to a 1996 gathering at the
Reagan Library, Broder related the insights provided by
many of the people involved in presidential debates over
the years, particularly the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960.
Broder noted that many of those involved did not realize
at the time the significance of the event. Broder also
related a number of suggestions made to improve the debates
beyond simply making them a forum for sound bites and
Perot Wasn't Invited to Debate"
18, 1996; A27. By Lewis K. Loss
Ross Perot had been a participant in the 1992 presidential
debates as a third party candidate, he did not participate
in the 1996 debates. As general counsel to the Commission
on Presidential Debates, which sponsored the 1996 encounters
between Clinton and Dole, Loss explained in this essay
why the CPD felt compelled to deny Perot participation.
Loss outlined the reasons behind the CPD's decision, noting
that the CPD's approach to third party requests "is capable
of logical and consistent application by rational minds."
The issue of third party inclusion is one that is not
Debate About It: TV Analysts Say Clinton's a Winner"
18, 1996; D01. By Howard Kurtz
Assails Clinton for 'Ethical Failures': Republican's Attack
Is Strongest to Date"
16, 1996; A01; By Edward Walsh
front page news article reported on statements made by
Bob Dole, Republican presidential candidate, that characterized
Bill Clinton's administration as unethical. Dole's comments
were made the day before his last debate with Clinton.
Trailing badly in the polls, Dole made ethics an issue
in his two debates with Clinton.
New Spin on Spin: Instant Interviews, Polls"
Post, Oct. 8, 1996; A07. By Howard Kurtz
much of the news coverage surrounding presidential debates
focuses on the nature of that coverage. In his assessment
of public perceptions of the first debate between Dole
and Clinton, Kurtz noted, "In the annals of spin, that
dizzying ritual that follows every presidential debate,
this was a new indoor record."
'Zingers,' Dole Tactic is Polite Aggression"
Post, Oct. 7, 1996; A01. By David Maraniss
his run as a vice presidential candidate on Gerald Ford's
ticket in 1976, Bob Dole had earned a reputation as a
"hatchet man," a label that describes an aggressive, almost
angry tone. Throughout the 1996 presidential campaign,
Dole sought to limit this public perception. In the first
of his two debates with Bill Clinton, Dole had the challenge
of balancing his attacks against Clinton and his administration
without being seen as unnecessarily mean. One way to achieve
this was through sarcastic humor, of which Dole had lot.
Nonetheless, Clinton was perceived to have handled Dole's
"zingers" quite well, and despite his efforts to soften
his image, focus groups watching the debate retained their