Nixon and Kennedy comment on the Cold War and Communist prestige during a presidential election debate in Washington DC.
Washington DC USA Date:1960, October 7 Duration:9 min 9 sec Sound:Yes
The second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in Washington DC, United States. Edward P. Morgan of ABC News asks Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon to comment on whether the United States was doing well in the Cold War. Nixon states that they were not doing as well as they should have in the Cold War because of the presence of the Communists on the international scene. He says that the Communist prestige in the world is lower than the American prestige. He comments on cost cuttings on programs like mutual security and defense by the Democratic Congresses. Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy disagrees with Nixon's statement that the Congress has not provided funds for national defense. He also disagrees on the question of U.S. position in the United Nations. He mentions that various reports of Congressional committees indicate that the relative strength of the U.S. compared to that of the Soviet Union and the Chinese Communists together has deteriorated in the past years. Alvin Spivak of United Press International asks Kennedy how the losing prestige can be regained, and programs accomplished without damaging economy. Kennedy talks about the breaking off of the sugar quota with Cuba, passing of an authorization, and the development of the Inter-American Bank. He states that the U.S. has looked at the needs of Latin America. He states that instead of concentrating aid on surplus military equipment in Laos, the aid should have been concentrated in long-term loans. He concludes that Americans should identify themselves not only with the anti-Communist fight but also with the fight against poverty and hunger. Nixon presents his views and states that along with the necessity for economic assistance, the need for technical assistance should also be developed. Americans should not only think in terms of fighting Communism but also in terms of the interests of these countries. He concludes and mentions American ideals of independence, right of freedom and right of progress.
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