Segments in this Video

U.S. Presidential Debate "Housekeeping" (01:33)


ABC moderator Quincy Howe explains the format of the debate and introduces the candidates.

Opening Statement: Nixon (08:07)

Keeping the peace without surrender and extending freedom without war are uppermost on American minds. Nixon cites Iron Curtain statistics before and during the Eisenhower Administration; America must move forward.

Opening Statement: Kennedy (07:57)

Kennedy states his position on the Formosa Resolution and cites struggles in various countries and America's response; the U.S.' relative strength is not increasing. The balance of power is in danger of moving with Communism.

Addressing Castro's Regime (05:16)

Howe introduces four news correspondents. Nixon cites differences between his and Kennedy's approach to handling Communist governments and why his policies are better. Kennedy believes economic sanctions in Latin America will be successful.

Next Secretary of State (03:28)

Kennedy does not believe it wise for candidates to appoint cabinet members prospectively; he places the focus on the presidential run. Nixon refuses to name possible candidates and addresses Kennedy's comments about the Castro regime.

U.S. Information Agency Report Suppression (04:55)

Nixon states that the report was made after Sputnik and he would not object to making it public; he criticizes Kennedy's comments about problems in America. Kennedy defends his statements and stresses the need for America to move forward.

Russian Nuclear Testing (03:47)

Kennedy believes the next president should try to secure an agreement on the cessation of tests; if that fails U.S. testing can occur underground or in outer space. Nixon cites a moratorium on testing and setting a timetable to break a Soviet filibuster.

Possible Summit Conference (04:08)

Nixon explains the conditions that must be met before a meeting with Khrushchev. Kennedy believes a meeting of minds on Berlin, outer space, or disarmament must be obtained before agreeing to a summit.

Challenging Communism (04:58)

Kennedy outlines areas where the U.S. can take proactive measures against Communism. Nixon discusses Poland's difficult position and U.S. initiative.

Quemoy and Matsu (04:51)

Nixon believes the islands will remain a campaign issue unless Kennedy changes his stance on the resolution amendment. Kennedy cites Eisenhower's actions in 1955 and negotiations regarding the islands.

Closing Statement: Kennedy (04:01)

Kennedy is devoted to the U.S. and believes the country has an opportunity to move forward; the Republican Party has stood still for 25 years.

Closing Statement: Nixon (04:27)

America is not standing still; Nixon cites housing, school, and civil rights progress. He believes it is essential to extend freedom.

U.S. Election Debate Review (01:25)

Howe reviews the format of the debate that the candidates followed; the candidates have set a precedence.

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John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon Debate (10/21/1960): U.S. Presidential Election Debates

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In this October 1960 debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon, the presidential candidates address foreign affairs. Kennedy and Nixon highlight their stances on Castro's regime, nuclear testing, and Communism. Note: This historical recording may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material. An ABC News Production.

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL94912

ISBN: 978-1-68272-162-9

Copyright date: ©1960

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