Los Angeles Times/CNN Presidential Debates (Democrats)
Wednesday March 1, 2000 at Harry Chandler Auditorium in the Los Angeles Times Building, Los Angeles, CA.  6:00-7:30 p.m. (PST)

Courtesy: CNN.


The Questions
Sponsored by: The Los Angeles Times and CNN.

Candidates: Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ). 

Moderator: Bernard Shaw, CNN principal anchor. 

Panelists: Ron Brownstein, L.A. Times national political correspondent and Jeff Greenfield, CNN senior analyst.

Audience: "Democratic voters, government, business, civic, education and community representatives invited by the hosts as well as representatives of the Los Angeles Times and CNN."

Format: Questions from members of the audience, from the Internet and from the panelists and moderator.  Each candidate had one minute to respond to the question and 30 seconds for a rebuttal.  Closing statements.  There were two commercial breaks during the debate.

Viewership: 1.4 rating, 1.1 million households, average 1.3 million total viewers.

Observations: This debate was most noteworthy for its civil tone.  During the previous several weeks, Sen. Bradley had been directly challenging Vice President Gore on such issues as gun control and abortion.  However, by March 1, with Bradley's poor showing in the Feb. 29 Washington state primary, the prospects for his campaign appeared dire.


Note: The Los Angeles Times and CNN announced these debates on May 10, 1999.


Copyright 1999, 2000  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.