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I remember a time where my family would casually tune into the presidential debates. I remember they would watch them for a few minutes and then eventually click over to Macgyver reruns, or something similar. The presidential debates have been popular ever since they were first televised back in the 60's. Some say that the debates being televised is what cost Nixon his first presidential race because the camera caught a glint of sweat on his forehead while he was debating with the soon-to-be President Kennedy.
Politicians, like most things over time, have changed a lot. Campaigns are even different. To me, it seems as though each year the presidential nominees become more and more colorful, as well as controversial. I think that is why more Americans are watching this year's race more than any race before.
The four presidential debates are upon us, and any one of them has the potential to break the most watched event in TV history. It is rumored that Monday's debate might just do that.
According to CBS, analysts predict that Monday's presidential debate may beat a couple of records. One, being the record from the 1980 debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, 80 million Americans tuned in to watch it. They are also saying that Monday's audience could come close to beating the most watched sporting event in U.S history, which was the 2015 Super Bowl. 115 million people tuned in to that. Even if Monday's debate doesn't exceed the high mark, the other three have just as much potential. There is a good chance that if the debates increasingly become heated, the odds are much more likely. With how tumultuous and chaotic this presidential race has been, I'm sure those who aren't even political will tune in to watch the possible drama unfold. With the ever-changing political climate, I see the debates continuously rivaling any other televised event going forward.