Presidential debate 1960, Kennedy, Nixon

<i>By Brian Hanrahan,</i><br>
<i>Los Angeles Times Staff Writer</i><br>
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Televised debates have been held in nine presidential elections before this year’s, and perhaps the abrasions of time have winnowed all those words and pictures down to a few recollections: Richard Nixon in need of a shave; Ronald Reagan asking, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?”; Michael Dukakis looking short; George Bush the elder glancing at his watch. But are those distant memories any different from what the collective conscience could recall from the debates even immediately after they were held?<br>
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<i>Photo: Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy during their fourth televised debate in 1960.</i>
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( Associated Press / October 21, 1960 )

By Brian Hanrahan,
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Televised debates have been held in nine presidential elections before this year’s, and perhaps the abrasions of time have winnowed all those words and pictures down to a few recollections: Richard Nixon in need of a shave; Ronald Reagan asking, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?”; Michael Dukakis looking short; George Bush the elder glancing at his watch. But are those distant memories any different from what the collective conscience could recall from the debates even immediately after they were held?

Photo: Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy during their fourth televised debate in 1960.

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