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CLIP 13881

1960 Presidential debate - Nixon v Kennedy

1960 Presidential debate - Nixon v Kennedy

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Key Info
  • 1960 Presidential debate - Nixon v Kennedy
  • Duration: 01:08
  • Senator John F Kennedy took on Vice-President Richard Nixon in the first televised US presidential debate in 1960. The cameras favoured Kennedy who looked calm and composed throughout, while Nixon appeared unshaven and flustered. Kennedy begins by quoting Abraham Lincoln from the election of 1860 and the end of slavery, and comparing this to the Cold War. Nixon then refers to the competition between America and countries like the Soviet Union and China. Senator Kennedy won a narrow victory in that election, and his triumph in the debates was seen as a key element to his success. Richard Nixon, who ran successfully again for President in 1968 and 1972, refused to take part in any further televised debates.
  • Subject:



    USA: from 1942

  • Keywords: JFK, TV, Presidential, elections, democracy, leadership, debate
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to compare with more recent televised presidential debates or students could consider the importance of the media in election campaigns.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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