It’s the Economy, Stupid: 23 Memorable Debate Moments

Learn how the candidates of the past have spun their ideas on U.S. jobs, inflation, housing, spending, taxation, the Great Recession and more.

David Hume Kennerly / White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford LibraryDavid Hume Kennerly / White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library

Running to be president of the United States of America is a tough job — one that requires candidates to articulate policies on a vast range of issues. Few of those issues are as important to most Americans as the economy — think taxes, jobs and wages, inflation, interest rates on loans, international trade, government spending priorities, deficits and regulation of the financial services sector. In these final weeks before the 2016 election, as you listen to the comments of this year’s presidential candidates, consider what some of their predecessors had to say about economic issues in the debates of years gone past.

Note that the modern, televised presidential debate tradition didn’t really begin until 1960 — when then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon squared off against the Democratic junior senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy.

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