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Fifty years later, who do you think won the Kennedy-Nixon debate?

ABCnews.com 2010/09/23 19:26:09
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  • 2010now 2010/09/26 15:02:07
    Richard M. Nixon
    2010now
    +7
    Those who listened to the debate instead of watching it on TV, clearly determined Nixon won the debate. Kennedy was the first in succession of the telegenic presidents.

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  • CODE 11 2010/09/27 17:21:29
    Richard M. Nixon
    CODE 11
    Nixon just looked bad on TV. He looked nervous, and was sweating profusly.
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2010/09/27 16:10:45
  • Bob S 2010/09/27 16:10:15
    Richard M. Nixon
    Bob S
    History has said that it was Nixon but appearances gave the debate to Kennedy in a major landslide.
  • Billyk75 2010/09/27 15:49:51
    Richard M. Nixon
    Billyk75
    +1
    On television Kennedy won because he was a pretty boy. On radio Nixon won because the issues were heard instead of seeing the person giving them.
  • Jackie O 2010/09/27 14:58:49
    John F. Kennedy
    Jackie O
    Some will say that Nixon won on substance and JFK worked the medium better. (Parallels can also be drawn to Obama/McCain...it is the new medium...communication technology..that Obama had a better grasp on.) But considering the legacies of the two.....the right man won!
  • CODE 11 Jackie O 2010/09/27 17:22:43
    CODE 11
    Your speaking of Kennedy, I hope.
  • Jackie O CODE 11 2010/09/27 19:22:56
    Jackie O
    Kennedy's legacy: Peace corps, Vista.....Nixon: Watergate
  • CODE 11 Jackie O 2010/09/28 17:39:39
    CODE 11
    Kennedy..bay of pigs, Viem Nam.......Nixon...End of viet nam war.
  • Jackie O CODE 11 2010/09/28 21:15:14 (edited)
    Jackie O
    Watergate...Watergate... I'm not disagreeing with you that Nixon was a good President, unfortunately it is Watergate people will remember.
  • Kip 2010/09/27 14:47:30
    John F. Kennedy
    Kip
    +1
    Well it is obviuos is it not, who was elected?
  • Johnnyknowvote 2010/09/27 14:25:04
    Richard M. Nixon
    Johnnyknowvote
    +1
    Substance all Nixon, style all Kennedy. They polled people that listened to but didn't see it on TV. They overwhelmingly said it was a Nixon victory. Nixon looked bad on TV and the had a big influence on how people reacted.The people that saw the debate on TV said Kennedy won.
  • Max7 2010/09/27 12:46:12
    John F. Kennedy
    Max7
    J.F. Kennedy hands down, I recall Nxon being very paranoid, much like McCain acted in his debates against Barack H. Obama.
  • Bob S Max7 2010/09/27 16:11:32
    Bob S
    How old R U? Do you really remember 50 plus years ago?
  • srini 2010/09/27 12:14:48
    Richard M. Nixon
    srini
    I asked this of Joe Uncle (who did listen to it on radio)
  • Jai Allen 2010/09/27 11:45:37
    John F. Kennedy
    Jai Allen
    Obviously Kennedy did.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2010/09/27 05:48:29
    John F. Kennedy
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    Oh come on! Of course it was JFK. I can't believe anyone would vote otherwise.
  • Bob S ««Ginge... 2010/09/27 16:13:21
    Bob S
    If you had listened you would know the truth. I'll bet you don't remember the very late vote count in Illinois that gave Kennedy the victory. When asked ifhe anted a recount Nixon replie, I do not want to put the country thru that nightmare.
  • Progressive 1 2010/09/27 04:45:30
    John F. Kennedy
    Progressive 1
    AHHHH-DERRRRR!!!!
  • LindseyNicoleShane 2010/09/27 03:46:39
    John F. Kennedy
    LindseyNicoleShane
    Kudos for the people who were there! That's awesome.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2010/09/27 03:18:13
  • President Camacho 2010/09/27 02:50:41
  • NatAlex23 2010/09/27 00:54:01
    John F. Kennedy
    NatAlex23
    +1
    Nixon's public speaking was no where near the level of Kennedy's.
  • Bob S NatAlex23 2010/09/27 16:14:31
    Bob S
    WRONG WRONG WRONG...Ich bein ein an Ameriican...
  • mac -Holding Fast 2010/09/27 00:05:27
    Richard M. Nixon
    mac -Holding Fast
    I mean, only when judging by substance, and not appearances.
  • hasher 2010/09/26 23:26:11
    John F. Kennedy
    hasher
    kennedy was one of the very few democrats i would have voted for he had many conservative views. he is probably rolling over in his grave if he would see his party now. and what a mess they are making of this country
  • Bob S hasher 2010/09/27 16:16:05
    Bob S
    Yourcorrect. However he never got any major legislation thru. Johnson got all thru including the GREAT SOCIETY
  • jackolantyrn356 2010/09/26 22:55:32
    Richard M. Nixon
    jackolantyrn356
    +1
    The difference is that Kennedy was made to look so much better on those old videotrons. of Black and White. Nixion wore no mkeup while Kennedy looked like King Arthur in Camelot. Nixon had been tricked and was a loss from his looks NOt FROM WHAT HE siad. He was RIGHT all the way through the debate...........
  • Bob S jackola... 2010/09/27 16:16:36
    Bob S
    RIGHT ON..
  • Renegade 2010/09/26 22:52:48
    John F. Kennedy
    Renegade
    +1
    Nixon look like a wet, sweaty noodle.
  • Chris -... Renegade 2010/09/27 16:12:49
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2010/09/26 22:06:17 (edited)
    John F. Kennedy
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    JFK.........WERE YOU 222 PEOPLE THERE? NIXON LOOKED TERRIBLE, AND DID NOT SPEAK COMFORTABLY. JUST REPORTING WHAT I SAW AND HEARD 50 YEARS AGO, .......NOT A POLITICAL EVALUATION.
  • TVC15 2010/09/26 19:20:23
    John F. Kennedy
    TVC15
    +2
    Nixon was comical - he claimed he had a "secret for progress" and I guess he meant it because revealed anything about it! He just kept claiming that Kennedy's was "bad" - and of course having hopped straight off McCarthy's lap, he didn't look too keen about Civil Rights causes either.
  • TVC15 TVC15 2010/09/26 19:33:40
    TVC15
    +2
    It should be mentioned that I didn't watch the "highlights" of the debate on the abc channel but instead watched the entire debate on youtube.

    Nixon also seemed to inappropriately agitated when he referred to President Kennedy's proposal - not that he was saying innovative or new. The same hackneyed retorts we hear today from the Republicans. That was some "impressive" pledge recently, wasn't it! So refreshing! Why I'm in awe! ; )
  • bill 2010/09/26 18:45:25 (edited)
    Richard M. Nixon
    bill
    Kennedy just looked better.
  • ActionJackson 2010/09/26 18:26:17
    Richard M. Nixon
    ActionJackson
    Kennedy was a lot better than any Democrat Prez in recent history but he was still a liberal. The liberal ideology is inferior to the conservative ideology. Therefore, even if Nixon didn't deliver in the personality department he won be virtue of having more common sense.
  • WGN 2010/09/26 17:52:07
    John F. Kennedy
    WGN
    +4
    No doubt about it, Kennedy.
    Nixon's answers were the party line and he looked old and tired.
    Kennedy spoke with enthusiasm, and the "vigor" of youth and a new outlook.
    But some were afraid that because he was a catholic, the Pope would be controlling the presidency. Religious Fear was alive and well 50 years ago as it is now, and we were just getting over the McCarthy (RWNJ's of their time) era of hatred and fear
    Oh, how so little has changed.
  • Jai Allen WGN 2010/09/27 11:46:35
    Jai Allen
    And the NEW McCarthyism is taking hold in America and hate and religious intolerance is back with a vengeance. You're right , nothing has changed.
  • Patriot American Symbol Man 2010/09/26 17:33:45
    Richard M. Nixon
    Patriot American Symbol Man
    I'm not really sure; I just voted for Dick 'cuz he's the eternal underdog in this event. Nixon had some real substance here, there can be no doubt. Kennedy was the better debater.
  • Blasphameer 2010/09/26 17:02:48
    John F. Kennedy
    Blasphameer
    A lot of people don't remember that there were FOUR Kennedy-Nixon debates. Kennedy won the first one (the one most people watched) because he wore make-up and rested and appeared more telegenic than Nixon. But Nixon thoroughly crushed Kennedy in the remaining 3 debates when he finally caught on.

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