During a presidential election debate in Washington DC, Kennedy comments that its proper to express regrets to nations.
Washington DC USA Date:1960, October 7 Duration:4 min 5 sec Sound:Yes
The second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in Washington DC, United States . Edward P. Morgan of ABC News asks Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy about sending apologies or regrets to General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita S Khrushchev over the U-2 incident. Kennedy answers that if it could save the summit conference it would have been proper to express regrets. He speaks that the U-2 flights were proper from the point of view of protecting their security. But they were not in accordance with the international law. He speaks about the regrets expressed to Castro, to Southern Russia and to Eastern Germany under the Eisenhower Administration during the past years. He mentions the regrets expressed by the Soviet Union and the Chinese Communists to the U.S. over incidents. He states about they should have a stronger military force and should increase their strength all over the world. Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon presents his views and states that Senator Kennedy is wrong in thinking that Khrushchev might have continued with the summit conference if the U.S. had expressed regrets. He disagrees with Kennedy's analogies that the U.S. is a strong country and can express regrets for any wrong doings. He also disagrees in expressing regrets to anybody for doing things which has the support of the Congress and which is right from point of view to protect the security of the U.S. (This 4 part debate is sometimes called the Great Debate)
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