2016 Presidential Debate Fact-Checking Guide: History

Resources for fact-checking statements by both presidential candidates made during the three debates, as well as during their respective campaigns.

History of Presidential Debates


Information on major historic presidential and vice-presidential debates. Select a year to learn about debates that occurred in that year.


From presidential no-shows to major technical malfunctions, here are seven things you may not know about the history of American presidential election debates.


When were the first debates held?  Do debates decide elections?  And who makes the rules?


Kennedy-Nixon debate, October 1960

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