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John F. Kennedy, 1961
John F. Kennedy won the election in 1960

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The Great Debates of Nixon and Kennedy
October 21, 1960

The third debate was the first genuine "electronic debate." The two candidates faced off from opposite coasts--Kennedy spoke from a television studio in New York and Nixon from Los Angeles. The fourth debate focused on foreign policy issues. Were the "Great Debates" significant? Pollsters estimated that approximately 3.4 million voters made their choice of party candidate on the basis of the debates alone. The milestone event thrust the broadcasting media into a central role in the American political process.
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