- The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates were short on substance but long on "sound bites," Harold Holzer writes
- Abraham Lincoln ran an aggressive presidential campaign, secretly purchasing a newspaper to help his bid
- In the end, he and political rival Stephen A. Douglas made peace for the sake of the country
Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer has written and edited dozens of books on President Abraham Lincoln, including his most recent book, "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion." Explore America's most dramatic presidential elections on CNN's "Race for the White House" Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)"It's another 1860," some TV pundits have been exclaiming in their analyses of the raucous, mud-slinging presidential debates of 2016.