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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Slight Return)
Presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held this debate on April 16, 1858 at the
CHARLIE GIBSON, ABC NEWS
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS
MR. GIBSON: So we're going to begin with opening statements, and we had a flip of the coin, and the brief opening statement first from Mr. Lincoln.
We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I’m sorry to interrupt, but do you think Mr. Douglas loves
STEPHANOPOULOS: But who loves
STEPHANOPOULOS: If your love for
STEPHANOPOULOS: Excuse me, did an Elijah H. Johnson attend your church?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you aware that he regularly called
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