On September 26, 1960, Kennedy and Nixon took part in the first televised debate between presidential candidates
Kennedy looked and spoke better than Nixon
Journalist Russell Baker said , “That night, image replaced the printed word as the national language of politics”
"It was a devastating commentary on the nature of television as a political medium that what hurt me the most in the first debate was not the substance of the encounter between Kennedy and me, but the disadvantageous contrast in our physical appearances. After the program ended, callers, including my mother, wanted to know if anything was wrong, because I did not look well."