Bob Debates Mondale on National Television
October 15,1976


Following the Democratic Convention of 1976, Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter led Ford by over 30 points, a seemingly insurmountable advantage to overcome…. Dole agreed to a nationally televised debate with Democratic Vice President contender Walter Mondale to be held in Houston, Texas, on October 15th. Ford and Dole had spent the weeks between the debate and the election working to overcome bad press, and it worked. As polls opened on November 2 there was no clear front-runner.