JFK, Nixon, 1960 Debates

First Televised Presidential Campaign Debates.

The first ever nationally televised presidential debate pitted then-Senator John F. Kennedy against Vice President Richard Nixon in 1960. They agreed to a series of four televised debates. Here is a summary of that experiment and its consequences. After reading the summary, answer the questions below.



1.How did JFK and Nixon perform in those debates and how did voters react?

2.What presidential debates took place before and after these 1960 debates?

3.What was the overall impact of these debates?

4. In general, do you think Presidential debates matter in the opinion of voters?  Why or why not?