History of Presidential Debates at Dartmouth


For more than 25 years, Dartmouth has been hosting events for presidential candidates. Whether staging the first-ever presidential “talk show” debate in 1984, co-moderated by syndicated TV talk show host Phil Donahue, or presenting town meeting-style forums for the Republican and Democratic candidates just one day apart in 1999, Dartmouth has been giving its students, faculty, staff, and the local community a firsthand view of the democratic process. As Dartmouth prepares to host its sixth presidential candidates’ event, a Republican debate on October 11, 2011, we share a look back at previous presidential events on campus.


Several Republican presidential candidates remained onstage at Dartmouth’s Spaulding Auditorium talk to the press after the debate on January 16, 1988. From left: Former evangelist Pat Robertson; U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp from New York; Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.; and former Delaware governor Pete du Pont. (photo courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library)

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