Presidential election debate in Washington DC. Richard Nixon, debating John F. Kennedy, speaks about the spread of Communism.
Washington DC USA Date:1960, October 7 Duration:6 min 41 sec Sound:Yes
The second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in Washington DC, United States. Moderator Frank McGee introduces the candidates - Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy. The Moderator tells the rules to the candidates regarding questioning by the reporters. The reporters include Paul Niven, Edward P. Morgan, Alvin Spivak, and Harold R. Levy. Paul Niven asks Nixon to comment on whether Truman Administration was responsible for the loss of China to the Communists. Nixon answers and says that he disagrees with Senator Kennedy's statement that Cuba is lost and certainly China was lost because of Truman Administration. He talks about the decrease in the number of dictators in Southern and Central America in the past years. He speaks about Kennedy's book 'The Strategy for Peace' which prohibits the Americans from interfering in internal affairs of any other state. Kennedy presents his views and says that he never suggested that Cuba was lost. He criticized Nixon because in his press conference in Havana in 1955, he praised the competence and stability of the Batista dictatorship. He criticized the failure of the administration to use its great influence to persuade the Cuban government to hold free elections. He hopes that some day Cuba would rise if the U.S. changes its policies towards it.
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