Rachel lays it out, with clips from all previous first televised debates between incumbent presidents and their challengers beginning with Carter in 1976. Turns out that Obama is not the odd one. Only one sitting president won his first tv debate. That would be superstar Bill Clinton. Figures, eh? Also, it appears not to matter all that much if presidents lose or win their first debates. Precisely half of the incumbents won and half of the incumbents lost in November.
Rachel rocks. Here's the video clip, a truly fun lesson in modern history.
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