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American presidential debate

American presidential debates are a regular feature in recent U.S. presidential elections, especially since the rise of television in the 1960s.

Presidential debates are held late in the election cycle, after both parties have nominated their candidates. The candidates meet in a large hall, often a university, before a large audience of Americans. They then proceed to debate, answering questions from journalist moderators and in some cases members of the audience. Debates are often televised and broadcast live on the radio.

There have been eight presidential debates since 1960.

All three debates during the 2000 election cycle were moderated by Jim Lehrer.

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