May 16, 2022

Keyword Search and View Video From All Presidential/Vice-Presidential Debates (1988-Present)

Last week we pointed out that shortly after the first 2012 Presidential Debate ended the video was keyword searchable via the C-SPAN Video Library using a mechanically generated transcript from the closed captioning. After the Biden-Romney vice presidential debate concludes on Thursday it will also be searchable/viewable.

Today, we want to point out that the C-SPAN Video Library also offers keyword search/view access to ALL presidential/vice presidential debates back to the Bush-Dukakis debate on September 25, 1988.

You’ll find links to each debate here.

You can find other searchable/viewable material having to do with presidential debates in these C-SPAN items that include the heading, Commission on Presidential Debates.

Finally, official text transcripts of debates can be found on the Commission on Presidential Debates web site. Here you’ll find material back to the four Kennedy-Nixon debates in 1960. Video excerpts from those debates are available here. The complete debate is available via the Prelinger Archive at the Internet Archive.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.