With a little over a month to go until election day, polling showed Republican Vice-president Richard Nixon with a slim lead over his rival, Democratic Senator John Kennedy, in the race to choose the successor to two-term President Dwight Eisenhower. On September 26, 1960 both candidates met at a CBS television studio in Chicago. For the first time ever, the presidential debate would be televised. Seventy-million viewers tuned in that evening.
Those who listened to the debate on the radio perceived Nixon as victorious. Television viewers saw Kennedy as the clear winner.Continue reading “The Debate That Changed Politics”