FIRST DEBATE
October 3, 2000; University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS
Network: PBS

Gore v. Bush: Questions of Experience
In the opening of the debate, Vice President Al Gore clarified his criticism of Governor George W. Bush’s leadership abilities. Gore commented that he was not questioning Bush’s overall experience – instead, he stated that Bush’s proposals raise that question. Bush offered a rebuttal by citing his experience as Texas governor, outlining his agenda, and attacking Gore as a proponent of big government.

Bush, Gore Pitch Economic Plans
Governor Bush and Vice President Gore outlined their visions of economic policy that feature distinct differences in how much of the federal budget surplus they would use, where those surplus dollars would go, and which groups of the population would get the principal benefits.

SECOND DEBATE
October 11, 2000; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS
Network: NBC

Gore on Foreign Policy
With the collapse of the Milosevic regime in Yugoslavia, foreign policy was one of the main topics of the second debate. Vice President Al Gore discussed his guiding principles of using America's power and influence and characterized himself as the interventionist who is driven by “a question of values.”

Bush and Using America's Force
Governor George W. Bush responded to the question of how America should exercise its military power around the world. Bush makes clear that the purpose of American military is to fight wars, not rebuild countries.

THIRD DEBATE

October 17, 2000; Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS
Network: PBS

Gore, Bush on Health Care
Formatted like a town meeting, the final debate between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore featured sharp policy contrasts, particularly in the issue of health care. Gore gave his perspective on moving toward universal health care coverage. He highlighted his plan to provide health care to every child in the United States by 2005. Bush offered his opposition to a national health care plan and argued against the federal government’s involvement in making decisions for consumers or providers.

Middle East Policy and Leadership
With the outbreak of violence in Israel and the USS Cole bombing attack on October 12, 2000, the Middle East conflict was a defining foreign policy issue. During the third debate, Governor Bush and Vice President Gore answer a question from an audience member about how they would address the unrest in the Middle East.