The first nationally televised Presidential debate in 1960. Compare this with a McCain, Obama debate and see what your students think. A great experiment would be to play some of the radio broadcast and ask students who they thought 'sounded better.' Then watch the debate and poll them after the video. Any difference? There was when I did it in my classroom... Kennedy-Nixon First Presidential Debate, 1960
On September 26, 1960 for the first time ever the Presidential debate between Nixon and Kennedy was aired in split screen on television which was watched by over 65 million viewers, and was credited with erasing Richard M. Nixon's lead over John F. Kennedy in the Presidential race!
The first televised presidential debate was on September 26, 1960, and it involved U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon, left, and Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The debate is largely credited with helping to make a star out of Kennedy, who won the election later that year.
The first televised presidential debate was in 1960 and required Congress to suspend the equal time rule of the Comm. Act of 1934, which required all candidates be given equal coverage, which would have made a debate very difficult. This is Kennedy's opening statement at the first debate.