Viral claims said the possibility of a “virtual” presidential debate would be unprecedented during the COVID-19 pandemic. You are wrong.
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16:23 CDT October 9, 2020
3:05 p.m. CDT October 18, 2020
Editor’s Note: The VERIFY video above relates to another debate in this year’s election. This story is also linked below.
After President Donald Trump and some of his staff tested positive for COVID-19, the possibility existed A virtual presidential debate was held.
Trumps Campaign shot down quickly This idea is that Trump will not participate in any virtual or alternative debate.
Talking about a virtual debate sparked many claims on social media that there has never been a virtual debate between two presidential candidates in US history.
However, virtual debates are not 100% new. Indeed, one happened 60 years ago.
Have two US presidential candidates discussed in a virtual format before? Or did all the presidential debates take place in person?
In 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy had a long-distance debate in which candidates were distant across the country but were still debating on the radio.
WHAT WE FOUND
The Commission Minutes for Presidential Debates For the event on October 13, 1960, the moderator begins with the words:
“Unlike the first two programs, however, the two candidates will not share the same platform. In New York, Democratic presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy; Republican presidential candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, separated by three thousand miles in a Los Angeles studio; Now tonight a network of electronic facilities is being put up for discussion that will allow each candidate to see and hear the other. “
Kennedy and Nixon were on opposite coasts in the United States, but were still holding a broadcast debate for the third presidential debate in 1960.
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