Presidential debate 1988, George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis

<b>1988:</b> The image of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT000856" title="George H.W. Bush" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/george-h.w.-bush-PEPLT000856.topic">George H.W. Bush</a> towering over his Democratic opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, might be the second-most notable contrast in debate history (after the first Nixon-Kennedy debate).<br>
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<b>What you might remember:</b> At the start of the second meeting – held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion -- CNN newsman Bernard Shaw asked Dukakis, an opponent of the death penalty, one of the more shocking questions in debate history: “Governor, if [your wife] Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” Dukakis’ bland response sealed his fate in the general election.<br>
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<b>What you might have forgotten:</b> Just about everything else in the two debates.

( Lennox McLendon / Associated Press / September 25, 1988 )

1988: The image of George H.W. Bush towering over his Democratic opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, might be the second-most notable contrast in debate history (after the first Nixon-Kennedy debate).

What you might remember: At the start of the second meeting – held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion -- CNN newsman Bernard Shaw asked Dukakis, an opponent of the death penalty, one of the more shocking questions in debate history: “Governor, if [your wife] Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” Dukakis’ bland response sealed his fate in the general election.

What you might have forgotten: Just about everything else in the two debates.

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