The Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debates, Sept.-Oct. 1960
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Excerpts from the 1960 presidential debates between Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy:
- September 26, 1960: in Chicago
- October 7, 1960: in Washington, DC
- October 13, 1960: Broadcast from New York and Los Angeles
- October 21, 1960: in New York
Other historical debate series:
- Carter vs. Ford, 1976
- Reagan vs. Carter, 1980
- Clinton vs. Bush, 1992
Historical transcripts from the American Presidency Project
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Budget & Economy|
John F. Kennedy: Gold outflow results from obligations abroad.
John F. Kennedy: More interested in federal programs than in cutting deficit.
Richard Nixon: Government under Republicans costs less.
Richard Nixon: Expanding programs while reducing debt will increase taxes.
Richard Nixon: Cast deciding vote against increasing teachers' salaries.
Richard Nixon: Federal assistance to integrate schools.
John F. Kennedy: Wants federal money to go to states for teacher salaries.
Richard Nixon: Building more schools moves America ahead.
Richard Nixon: Aid for school construction, not teacher salaries.
Richard Nixon: Local control more critical than increased teacher salaries.
Energy & Oil|
John F. Kennedy: Cut oil depletion allowance for largest producers.
Richard Nixon: No intervention in Cuba; it violates treaties & UN charter.
Richard Nixon: 20 new African countries in 1950s, and all chose democracy.
Richard Nixon: Latin America had 11 dictators in 1953; and only 3 now.
John F. Kennedy: US has obligation to defend freedom.
John F. Kennedy: US needs more economic & social strength to fight Communism.
Richard Nixon: Soviets have a long road before their economy catches ours.
John F. Kennedy: Persuade other countries not to restrict our goods coming in.
John F. Kennedy: Government programs help people do what they can't do alone.
John F. Kennedy: Social Security can pay for good medical care for elderly.
Richard Nixon: Give people freedom to choose health insurance or not.
John F. Kennedy: No atmospheric nuclear testing; push multilateral treaty.
Richard Nixon: USSR is cheating on nuclear tests; push for bilateral treaty.
John F. Kennedy: Negotiate with USSR from a position of strength.
Richard Nixon: New powers to deal with strikes, but not government seizure.
Richard Nixon: To combat unemployment, concentrate on depressed areas.
Principles & Values|
John F. Kennedy: Rendezvous with destiny: get America moving again in 1960s.
Richard Nixon: Social Security is a tax; expanding it costs taxpayers.
John F. Kennedy: Put medical care for the aged under Social Security.
Richard Nixon: Raising taxes OK to maintain sound economy & sound dollar.
John F. Kennedy: USSR is ahead in space; focus more on new science.
Richard Nixon: We're ahead of the Soviets in space, 28 launches to 8.
War & Peace|
John F. Kennedy: Defend Quemoy and Matsu if Communist China attacks Taiwan.
Richard Nixon: GOP isn't trigger-happy; we ended wars while Dems joined.
Richard Nixon: To win Cold War, launch offensive for hearts & minds & souls.
Welfare & Poverty|
John F. Kennedy: Meet the problem of 25 million who are poorly fed.
The above quotations are from The Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debates, Sept.-Oct. 1960.
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