Background……• Richard Nixon • John Kennedy – Born 1913 in Yorba – Born in Brookline, Linda, California Massachusetts in 1917 – Whittier College and – Harvard Duke Law School – Lt. in US Navy; Pt109 – Lt. Commander in US Commander Navy during WW II. – Elected to House in – Elected to House in 1946, 1946, Senate 1952 Senate 1950. – Published Profiles in – Vice-President under Ike Courage 1957 – wins for 8 years Pulitzer Prize
The race for the office…• Both men were young, military veterans, lawyers, had political experience and similar views.• However, many historians believe there were (2) important factors that decided the race…..
Televised Debates• First televised debates in history.• 70 million viewers tuned in, more on radio.• The first debate, the telegenic Kennedy won the image battle over Nixon who, recovering from the flu, appeared pale and refused make- up.
JFK and MLK…• When Reverend Martin Luther King was arrested in Atlanta, Kennedy called to offer his sympathy.• This garnered Kennedy substantial African-American support in the 1960 election.