Kennedy and Nixon present their views about a summit conference during a presidential election debate in Washington DC.
Washington DC USA Date:1960, October 7 Duration:3 min 45 sec Sound:Yes
The second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in Washington DC, United States. Alvin Spivak of United Press International asks Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M Nixon about the possibility of occurrence of a summit conference after the presidential elections. Nixon states his willingness as the President to meet Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev or any other world leader if it would serve the cause of peace. He states that another summit conference will lead to negotiations at the diplomatic level and hamper peace. He concludes that he would hold another summit conference only after some preparation and assurance from Khrushchev that he wanted something meaningful from the conference. Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy states that before any summit conference the United States should build its military as well as economic strength. He talks about U.S. commitment to Berlin. He concludes and says that he agrees with Nixon statement in not meeting Mr. Khrushchev unless there were some agreements at the secondary level- foreign ministers and ambassadors - which would indicate that the meeting would have some hope of success, or a useful exchange of ideas.
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