Fifty-Two Years ago ~ The Kennedy-Nixon Debate


The photo above – U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, left, and Vice President Richard M. Nixon square off in their first televised debate Sept. 26, 1960, in Chicago before CBS moderator Howard K. Smith. (Chicago Tribune) – shows the stark and low tech image of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate – the setting of tonight’s Obama-Romney debate tonight will be lavish by contrast!


In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon squared off in the first televised presidential debates in American history. The Kennedy-Nixon debates not only had a major impact on the election’s outcome, but ushered in a new era in which crafting a public image and taking advantage of media exposure became essential ingredients of a successful political campaign. They also heralded the central role television has continued to play in the democratic process.

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2 Responses to Fifty-Two Years ago ~ The Kennedy-Nixon Debate

  1. Dean says:

    The debates were over two small island called Quemoy and Matsu that this country was ready to go to war with China. If China was to take over the islands.