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1988 Presidential Debate

1988 Presidential Debate

1988 Presidential Debate

Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, October 14, 2012

A look back to October, 1988 when Vice President George H. W. Bush and the Democratic candidate for President, Michael Dukakis, faced off in their second presidential debate.  A group of panelists, including Bernard Shaw of CNN, asked questions to which the candidates had two minutes to respond. This debate was held at the University of California-- Los Angeles.

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 2:44pm (ET)

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