Presidential Debate Style, Now and Then

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Presidential Debate Style, Now and Then

Republican presidential hopefuls (l. to r.) Steve Forbes, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Gary Bauer and Texas Gov. George Bush get together after their debate on December 3, 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton is hugged by his wife Hillary and kissed by his daughter Chelsea after the final presidential debate on October 19, 1992. Two weeks remain in the presidential campaign with Clinton leading in the polls.

Democratic presidential candidate Massachusetts Senator John Kerry goes eye to eye with show host Jon Stewart during a visit to the "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" August 24, 2004 in New York City.

Former president Bill Clinton reacts as former president George H.W. Bush jokes with him during their joint appearance at the CTIA Wireless 2007 convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on March 29, 2007.

Senator Hillary Clinton waits for the start of a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Google Inc.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois answers a question during the CNN/YouTube debate at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on July 23, 2007.

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Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter and President Gerald Ford during the 2nd Presidential Campaign debate held at the Palace Of Fine Arts Theater on October 6, 1976 in San Francisco, CA

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Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney gestures after being endorsed by NJ Governor Chris Christie on October 11, 2011 in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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New York Senator Hillary Clinton speaks during the Democratic Primary debate held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa Sunday on August

Republican U.S. presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani reacts as he is interviewed during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios December 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. Giuliani spoke on topics related to his run for the 2008 presidential elections.

Presidential hopefuls, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) and Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), point to supporters and family members in the audience after a televised debate at Saint Anselm College January 5, 2008 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Democratic presidential hopeful Illinois Senator Barack Obama with wife, Michelle, at a primary night rally in the gymnasium at the Nashua South High School on January 8, 2008 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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New York Senator Hillary Clinton and former South Carolina Senator John Edwards share a laugh at the Democratic Primary debate sponsored by MSNBC at the

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton participate in the Democratic Presidential debate at the Kodak Theater on January 31, 2008.

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Presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) stand at their podiums with one of the evening

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stands with former U.S. President George H.W. Bush during the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 24, 2008 in New York City.

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks during the vice-presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Vice-Presidential candidates Delaware Senator Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Palin square off in the only Vice-Presidential debate.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney prepares for the GOP Debate in Orlando, Florida.

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Presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama spar in the second Presidential debate of the 2008 election season.

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and his wife, Cindy McCain pose following the final Presidential debate.

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Vice-Presidential candidate and Governor Sarah Palin is joined by her family following the only Vice-Presidential debate of the 2008 election season.

U.S. President Barack Obama waits for the beginning of a working session on the second day of the G20 Summit on November 4, 2011 in Cannes, France.

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Hopeful GOP candidate Mitt Romney during the November 9, 2011 GOP debate in Rochester, MI.

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Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin arrives on stage for the only Vice-Presidential debate of the 2008 election.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney at the GOP debate at Drake University on October 21, 2011.

Hopeful Republican candidate Mitt Romney at the second debate in Flordia on October 27, 2012.

President Bill Clinton reacts to applause.

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Hopeful GOP nominees, former MA Governor Mitt Romney and TX Governor Rick Perry debate in Las Vegas.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at a Democratic Primary debate.

Republican Presidential Candidates, former PA Senator Rick Santorum, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, and MN Representative Michelle Bachmann, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California.

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Republican presidential hopeful and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican Presidential Candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California.

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Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain participate in their third and final presidential debate at Hofstra University on October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York.

Barbara Bush stands October 11, 1992 in St. Louis, MO at the 1992 Presidential debate between Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, President George Bush and former CEO of Electronic Data Systems Ross Perot.

Hillary Clinton helps her daughter Chelsea, who is on crutches following the October 11, 1992 debate in St. Louis, MO.

Elizabeth Dole hugs her husband Republican candidate Bob Dole as US President Bill Clinton waits for his family to take the stage after the presidential debates in Hartford, CT on October 6, 1996.

Presidential candidate Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton smile on October 6, 1996 at the start of the Presidential debate in Hartford, CT.

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President Bush speaks during the October 11, 1992 Presidential debate in St. Louis, MO that also included Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and (not pictured) former CEO of Electronic Data Systems Ross Perot. 

Democratic Primary contenders Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton debate their positions.

New York Senator Hillary Clinton listens as Illinois Senator Barack Obama makes a point during the CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate on July 23, 2007 at the Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Republican John McCain speaks during his second Presidential debate with Democrat Barack Obama at Belmont University's Curb Event Center on October 7, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The candidates for the Republican Party's presidential nomination before their debate in Des Moines, Iowa. (l-r.) Steve Forbes, Gary Bauer, George W. Bush and John McCain pose for photographers.  

Texas Governor George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, after the Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

Republican presidential hopefuls (l. to r.) Steve Forbes, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Gary Bauer and Texas Gov. George Bush get together after their debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani react to a bolt of lightening outside during the GOP debate on June 5, 2007 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Democratic candidate John Kerry speaks with a makeup person moments before he and the other six Democratic Party presidential hopefuls participate in a debate at the Peace Concert Hall on January 29, 2004, in Greenville, South Carolina.

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We know, we know! This photo is not of Secretary Clinton debating anyone, but we thought it was a great way to end this great album!

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Americans typically tune into Presidential debates to learn where the candidates stand on the issues and how they will move the country forward. Why do we tune in?

The fashion.

While we agree that debates are important in any election, we also agree that the fashion in these debates is just as important. Have you ever noticed the color of a tie? Or the length of a dress? These minor details are all a part of the preparation. In recent debates, most candidates have chosen between two tie colors, red or blue. Why? Some believe the color red shows power while the color blue shows calm. But this doesn't just go for men: During the 2008 Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton wore red suits and blue suits more than any other color, and she looked great doing it.

We can debate all we want on our political beliefs, but it is so much more fun looking back at debate fashion. See any patterns?

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