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The 2000 Presidential Debates

2000 Presidential Debates
Sen. Al Gore showed well in the debates but it was not enough to get him into the White House.

After eight years of President Clinton’s leadership, the 2000 campaign centered on whether to give his vice president, Al Gore of Tennessee, the reins of power or instead turn to a familiar name, George Bush, the son of the

41st president.

With a heavy focus on domestic policy, including what to do with a growing budget surplus, the campaign and the debates seemed as much about style as substance, with Al Gore’s sighing and rolling his eyes appearing to hurt him in the first debate.

“I’m beginning to think not only did he invent the Internet, but he invented the calculator as well. It’s fuzzy math.” – President George W. Bush

In the first presidential debate of the 2000 election, Vice President Al Gore audibly and repeatedly sighed while the Republican candidate George W. Bush responded to questions. Those sighs captured as much attention from commentators as the substance of the debate and left the impression that Gore was disrespectful and condescending.

Source: http://press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/530413.html