Rhetorical Studies of National Political Debates-- 1996


Seventeen of the most widely seen and heard speakers in history all have one thing in common: they were all seen and heard while engaged in national political debates as they sought the two highest offices Americans can bestow upon their countrymen. This book focuses on the most recent four of these individuals--Clinton, Dole, Gore, and Kemp--and the rhetorical centerpieces of their respective campaigns, the 1996 political campaign debates. This text explores the factors motivating the candidates to debate, the goals of each candidate in debating, the rhetorical strategies, and the effects of particular debates. The volume ends with insights into the patterns and trends of national political debating. This is an invaluable text for students and researchers of American political campaigns, the presidency, and rhetoric.

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