One thought on “Presidential History of Debates and Use of Commercials

  1. Pretty good clip show! The reason Nixon looked so bad on camera was that he stupidly refused the offered services of a makeup artist, which Kennedy accepted. On black & white cameras of that time, it made him look sick and strange.

    Though the 1960 debates were the first during a general election, a number of previous primary debates had been held. The first forerunner of Presidential debates were the seven true debates (no moderator) between Lincoln and Douglas in 1858, when both were running for Senator. Since they ran against each other for President in 1860, these published debates served to define the differences between the candidates for the public.

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