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The first high-profile debates (for a Senate seat) were held between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858.
Over seven debates, the candidates alternately gave a one-hour opening statement.
The opponent would then speak for an hour-and-a-half—before ceding the floor to his opponent, who finished the debate with a 30-minute reply.
(Lincoln would go on to defeat Douglas in the *1860* presidential election.)
Taking in This Year’s Debates With Your Child
We encourage you to watch this next debate with your children (even though it starts a bit late for some bedtimes).
When you can, talk about what you’ve seen.
What words did the candidates use? What behaviors did you see? What are important qualities your child thinks presidents should have?
And the kicker: What kinds of things would your child do if they were President of the United States?