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Last night was the first of three presidential election debates between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and President Barak Obama. About 40 million people across the country, including yours truly, tuned in to watch the two candidates discuss their views on the different issues impacting their constituents today.

While I’ll keep my political views and opinions about last night to myself, I would like to briefly discuss the fascinating nature of debates. The first general presidential debate, which took place in 1960 between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon, is particularly famous for demonstrating the impact of television on voters’ perceptions. Nixon is remembered for profusely sweating and mopping his face through the debate, and therefore appearing nervous and unsteady. Many believed that debate won the election for Kennedy.

The targets of these debates are undecided or independent voters, but thousands of others watch to support their candidate of choice or, more commonly, mock the opposing candidate. Regardless of your reason for tuning in to the debates, they are significant because they offer voters a chance to see and hear the candidates without the influence of media bias.

That said, I think we can all agree that most kids aren’t up for watching two middle-aged men argue about tax policy for 90 minutes, and we have the solution! Check out some of our great election-themed books to introduce kids to politics and keep them informed.

The Election Book: The People Pick a President

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Romney vs. Obama: Election 2012 by Peter Benoit

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Candidates, Campaigns & Elections by Linda Scher and Mary Oates Johnson

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Phineas and Ferb: Ride the Voter Coaster

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