Great Debates: Kennedy and Nixon, October 7th, 1960 (Round #2)


In the first ever televised presidential debate in American history, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off for an hour on CBS in front of 70 million viewers. The debate was the first of four powerful confrontations between the two candidates. So impactful were the debates between Kennedy and Nixon, that they left a void of volunteers willing to take on political opponents in front of the camera. Following the four-part series between Kennedy and Nixon, there wouldn't be another televised presidential debate until Gerald Ford agreed to debate Jimmy Carter in 1976, a full sixteen years later.  Today, we examine the second round of the debate series on October 7th 1960. Click here for the full transcript. Click here to view the debate.


Great Debates in American History: Kennedy vs. Nixon, September 26th 1960 (Round 1)

Today on September 26 is the 56th anniversary of a milestone in American politics: the 1960 John F. Kennedy-Richard M. Nixon nationally televised presidential campaign debates. This was the first of four debates leading up the election, which Kennedy narrowly won.  Watch the first installment here from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.