Why Candidates Sweat The Room Temperature In TV Debates
Room temperature made the GOP candidates' list of requests for the next debate. That might seem petty, but it's often an important factor on TV.By Sebastian Martinez | November 3, 2015
Way down on a list of, let's call them requests, in a draft letter from Republican presidential campaigns to potential debate hosts is this: "Can you pledge that the temperature in the hall be kept below 67 degrees?"
That might seem petty, but in televised debates, the temperature can be super important.
There's probably no more famous example of this than the first televised presidential debate when Richard Nixon's persistent sweating cut a sharp contrast with opponent John F. Kennedy. (Video via John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)