Richard M. Nixon and John F Kennedy give their summation speeches during a presidential election debate in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago Illinois USA Date:1960, September 26 Duration:7 min 40 sec Sound:Yes
The First Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in Chicago, Illinois. Moderator Howard K Smith asks the candidates to give their summation speeches. Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon starts his summation speech and compares the progress of the Soviet Union with that of the United States. And he states that in terms of the Gross National Product (GNP), the U.S. is far ahead of the Soviet Union. He compares his proposals with that of Kennedy and states that his own proposals would result in greater growth. He compares his health program which provides a choice of having either government insurance or private insurance with that of Kennedy's health program with compulsory government health insurance under Social Security. He talks about the spendings and inflation during Truman Administration. He concludes his speech and states that U.S. President's should work for every program that would mean growth. Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy comments on the statement given by Nixon regarding comparison of the Soviet Union and American economy. He speaks in favor of his proposed health program for aged which was an amendment to the Kerr bill and which provides assistance to all those who were not on Social Security. He thus contrasts Nixon's point on health program for the aged. He concludes his speech and speaks about the goals and responsibilities of the Americans. Moderator Smith thanks the candidates.
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