The 1976 Presidential Master Debates at the Walnut Street Theater

The 1976 Presidential Master Debates at the Walnut Street Theater

In 1976, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter managed to convince sitting President Gerald Ford to meet for three historic, prime time debates. Americans hadn’t witnessed such a political contest in 16 years and were eager for the face off.  Philly’s Walnut Street Theater was the location chosen for the first debate of the modern era but, unfortunately, it was a bit of a disaster. So, in today’s episode we’re going to examine Philadelphia's epic gaffe and the birth of the modern Presidential debate.


Check out the visual companion below and click HERE to watch the debate in full. The delay begins around the 1:20:00 mark if you want to watch some 1970's political broadcasters stretch for time.


    

   

   


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