Winthrop D. Jordan, Miriam Greenblatt, and John S. Bowes, The Americans: A History (Evanston, Illinois: McDougal, Little & Company, 1991), 348.
While neither man wanted slavery in the territories, they disagreed as to how to keep it out. In the course of the debates, each candidate tried to distort the veiws of the other. Lincoln tried to make Douglas look like a defender of slavery and of the Dred Scott decision. Neither charge was true. In turn, Douglas tried to show that Lincoln was an abolitionist. That charge was also not true.