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If you could pick two (us) presidents from any era for a televised debate, who would you choose & why?

Asked by ucme (39515 points ) October 17th, 2012

Just for fun, maybe Lincoln vs FDR, or how about Reagan vs JFK?
Which pairing would “square off” best?

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Lincoln vs. FDR would be good.

I’d like to see Thomas Jefferson vs. Ronald Reagan. I believe the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence could easily hand Reagan his ass in such a setting.

ucme's avatar

Jimmy Carter vs Theodore Roosevelt.
“Big Teddy” would have “Jim Boy” spitting peanuts out of his arsehole.

CWOTUS's avatar

I guess I would start by limiting the choices to “living” presidents. Even Obama could win a debate with (most) dead presidents.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Andrew Shepherd vs Thomas J. Whitmore :D

filmfann's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate President Beck would kick both their asses.

flutherother's avatar

Abraham Lincoln and Mitt Romney because I’m not too keen on Mitt.

tedd's avatar

Are you looking for a good debate from them, or a one sided match up?

I have a hard time keeping Lincoln of any pairing. He was known as the Great Debator for a reason.

Up against him though, could really be any number of guys. Clinton, Reagan, Kennedy, FDR, Teddy, Jackson… all would be astute competition. I would leave off a few surprising names though. Jefferson for example, was known to be a terrible public speaker.

janbb's avatar

Just to be contrary, Millard Fillmore vs. “Silent Cal” Coolidge.

Seek's avatar

@tedd And Lincoln wasn’t afraid to back up his opinions physically. If it got too bad, we could watch The Great Debater kick the ever-loving crap out of whoever he was opposing. Call me barbaric, but that would be awesome to see. I can just imagine Lincoln smacking Dubya upside the head for his “I don’t think atheists should be considered citizens” line. And it makes me smile.

CWOTUS's avatar

I would stack President Dave against any fictional president that @WillWorkForChocolate wants to name. And Sigourney Weaver against any real or fictional First Lady, too.

janbb's avatar

@CWOTUS You’re on. Jed Bartlet!

ucme's avatar

Jack Nicholson & Glenn Close.

filmfann's avatar

Glenn Close was only a VeeP.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I’d rather see Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt in a dual.

tedd's avatar

@uberbatman Just copy and paste their faces onto Anakin and Obi-Wan for the fight scene at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Pretty much the same thing.

ucme's avatar

@filmfann No, she was the first lady in Mars Attacks alongside Nicholson’s president.

filmfann's avatar

@ucme She was also the VeeP in Air Force One.

Oh, I see… You were answering @CWOTUS ‘s comment about Pres and 1st Lady. Sorry.

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