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The Presidential Election

The Presidential Election

of 1960

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The Candidates

The Candidates

(R) Richard M. Nixon

(D) John F. Kennedy

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Background

Background

Richard Nixon

Born 1913 in Yorba Linda, California

Whittier College and Duke Law School

Lt. Commander in US Navy during WW II.

Elected to House in 1946, Senate 1950.

Vice-President under Ike for 8 years

John Kennedy

Born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1917

Harvard

Lt. in US Navy; Pt109 Commander

Elected to House in 1946, Senate 1952

Published Profiles in Courage 1957 wins Pulitzer Prize

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The race for the office

The race for the office

Both men were young, military veterans, lawyers, had political experience and similar views.

However, many historians believe there were (2) important factors that decided the race

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Televised Debates

Televised Debates

First televised debates in history.

70 million viewers tuned in, more on radio.

The first debate, the telegenic Kennedy won the image battle over Nixon who, recovering from the flu, appeared pale and refused make-up.

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JFK and MLK

JFK and MLK

When Reverend Martin Luther King was arrested in Atlanta, Kennedy called to offer his sympathy.

This garnered Kennedy substantial African-American support in the 1960 election.

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Election results

Election results

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Kennedys Inaugural Address

Kennedys Inaugural Address

President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address at Capitol Hill in Jan. 20, 1961.

Kennedy said, "We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."

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Links to video clips

Links to video clips

Click HERE to view a 4 minute clip of the debate between Kennedy and Nixon

Click HERE to view JFKs entire Inauguration and Inaugural Address

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