The Corner

Interesting

More of what Bush camp is noting:

How important is “winning” the first debate? Since 1984, when Gallup began asking the question, “Regardless of which candidate you happen to support, who do you think did the better job in the debate?”, only one candidate to win this measure in the first debate went on to be elected. In 1996, Bill Clinton “won” the first debate and went on to be elected President. Candidates Gore, Perot, Dukakis, and Mondale all “won” their first debates, but failed to win election.

Sept. 30, 2004: Kerry 53/ Bush 37 (-16)

Oct. 3, 2000: Gore 48/Bush 41 (-7)

Oct. 6, 1996 Clinton 51/Dole 32 (-19)

Oct. 11, 1992 Perot: 47/Clinton 30/ Bush 16 (-17, -31)

Sept. 28, 1998 Dukakis 38/ Bush 29 (-9)

Sept. 28-30, 1984 Mondale 54/Reagan 35 (-19)

That 84 example is a tad relief.

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