The First of Three Debates
President Gerald Ford and then-former Governor Jimmy Carter re-started Presidential Debates in 1976. The first Presidential Debates were between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, but did not continue until Carter and Ford faced off. Presidential Debates have continued ever since.
Shown here, President Ford and Jimmy Carter meet at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia to debate domestic policy during the first of the three Ford-Carter Debates. September 23, 1976.
President Harry S. Truman at Union Station in Washington D.C. after returning from a campaign tour. 10/2/48.
In 1948, Truman’s opponent was Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey, governor of New York. Conventional wisdom held that Dewey would win; the Republicans gained seats in the Senate and House in the 1946 elections, and voters’ feelings on Truman seemed lukewarm at best. Read more
This image is from an original slide sent by Lige Stewart of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
-from the Truman Library
Incumbents at the Conventions
1984 Republican National Convention - President Ronald Reagan gives his acceptance speech in Dallas, Texas. 8/23/84.
1996 Democratic National Convention - President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore wave to the crowd in Chicago, Illinois at the United Center. 8/29/96.
1964 Democratic National Convention
Wide shot of the interior of the DNC Convention Hall looking toward the speaker’s platform. Delegates gathered on the floor and observers in the balconies. Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 24-28, 1964.
-from the LBJ Library