During a presidential election debate in the US, John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon comment on the necessity to defend Berlin.
United States USA Date:1960, October 13 Duration:5 min 8 sec Sound:Yes
The third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in the United States. Moderator Bill Shadel introduces the candidates and tells that candidates will not share the same platform. Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M Nixon is in a Los Angeles studio and Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy is in New York. He also introduces the panel of correspondents who will question the candidates. The panel includes Frank McGee from NBC News, Charles Van Fremd from CBS News, Douglass Cater from Reporter magazine and Roscoe Drummond from New York Herald Tribune. Frank McGee asks Kennedy whether he would take military action to defend Berlin. Kennedy answers and says that the U.S. has contractual right to be in Berlin coming out of the conversations at Potsdam and of World War II. He states that the United States must meet its commitment on Berlin in order protect the security of Western Europe. He concludes by saying that the U.S. will meet its commitments to maintain the freedom and independence of West Berlin. Nixon disagrees with Kennedy's statement that the Republicans are trigger-happy and lead the nation into wars. He talks about the Democratic presidents who led the U.S. into wars. He concludes and states that he thinks there isn't any question about the necessity of defending Berlin.
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