Presidential debate 1960, Richard Nixon

<b>1960:</b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000115" title="Richard Nixon" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/richard-nixon-PEHST000115.topic">Richard Nixon</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT003488" title="John F. Kennedy" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/john-f.-kennedy-PEPLT003488.topic">John F. Kennedy</a> held the first televised presidential debates -- four in all, the first on Sept. 26, the last on Oct. 21.<br>
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<b>What you might remember:</b> Viewers of the first debate thought Nixon (who recently had been ill) looked sweaty and needed a shave, while Kennedy appeared handsome and confident. One study posited that television viewers thought Kennedy won the first debate, while radio listeners – not swayed by images -- gave the edge to Nixon.<br>
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<b>What you might have forgotten:</b> Quemoy and Matsu, two islands near mainland China that were (and still are) controlled by Taiwan. Nixon and Kennedy spent a great deal of time jousting over the strategic importance of the islands.
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( Associated Press / September 26, 1960 )

1960: Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy held the first televised presidential debates -- four in all, the first on Sept. 26, the last on Oct. 21.

What you might remember: Viewers of the first debate thought Nixon (who recently had been ill) looked sweaty and needed a shave, while Kennedy appeared handsome and confident. One study posited that television viewers thought Kennedy won the first debate, while radio listeners – not swayed by images -- gave the edge to Nixon.

What you might have forgotten: Quemoy and Matsu, two islands near mainland China that were (and still are) controlled by Taiwan. Nixon and Kennedy spent a great deal of time jousting over the strategic importance of the islands.

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