JFK VISITED MONTANA, WASHINGTON STATE AND UTAH ON CONSERVATION TOUR 50 YEARS AGO
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) The 1st televised debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Richard M. Nixon during the presidential campaign of 1960 took place 53 years ago tonight, September 26, 1960.
The 1st of 4 face to face debates between the two candidates became the turning point in the campaign resulting in a narrow victory for the young senator from Massachusetts.
On the 50th anniversary of the opening debate, Kayla Webley of Time Magazine published an article titled: "How the Nixon-Kennedy Debate Changed the World."
Ms. Webley wrote...
"On the morning of September 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy was a relatively unknown senator from Massachusetts. He was young and Catholic....and facing off against an incumbent. But by the end of the evening, he was a star."
Seventy four million people tuned in to the debate and most of them believed JFK was the clear winner.
Larry Sabato, author of "The Kennedy Half-Century," wrote...
"Before the television debates, most Americans didn't even see the candidates...they read about them and saw photos of them."
The 1st debate was televised from CBS Studios and broadcast live on CBS, ABC and NBC television networks.
Howard K. Smith was the narrator. Questioners were Bob Fleming, Stuart Novins, Sander Vanocur and Charles Warren.