The Nixon / Kennedy Debates Video Page
The famous first debate, Chicago, 9/26/60, in its entirety. This debate was confined to a discussion of domestic issues. In Part One, each candidate makes opening remarks, each of the four interviewing correspondants introduce themselves, and the candidates discuss Mr. Kennedy's ability to govern in light of his age and experience as well as President Eisenhower's famous quip regarding Mr. Nixon's contributions to Eisenhower's presidential policies.
The first debate (Part Two). Here is discussed domestic economic and social spending, the internal communist threat, and each candidate's summation speech.
An excerpt from the second debate, Washinton DC, 10/7/60. This debate, as well as the two which followed, concentrated on foreign policy issues. This excerpt particularly addresses Cuba's move into the communist block; whether or not to apologize for the Francis Powers U2 incident; and the islands of Quemoy and Matsu, islands which mainland Chinese forces had tried for years to seize from the nationalist forces of Chaing Kai-shek's Republic of China (Taiwan, referred to as "Formosa").
An excerpt from the third debate, with Kennedy in New York City and Nixon in Los Angeles, 10/13/60. This excerpt continues to address Quemoy and Matsu; Berlin; political endorsements by Adam Clayton Powell and the Ku Klux Klan; and legislation regulating the power of labor unions
An excerpt from the fourth and final debate, New York City, 10/21/60. This excerpt addresses Cuba; the prestige of America abroad; and nuclear testing. Oliver Stone & crew chose to use video of Kennedy's Cuban statements in this debate in his motion picture "Nixon", depicting Kennedy's remarks as deliberately violating national security in disregard of CIA director Dulles' briefing of Kennedy regarding American anti-Castro activities.