During an election debate in the US, Kennedy and Richard Nixon talk about a hypothetical invasion by the Chinese Communists.
United States USA Date:1960, October 13 Duration:4 min 54 sec Sound:Yes
The third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in the United States. Charles Van Fremd from CBS News asks Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M Nixon that if he were the president would he launch a war if the Chinese Communists began an invasion of Quemoy and Matsu and if he would authorize the use of nuclear weapons if regular conventional forces failed to halt the invasion. Nixon answers and states that it is irresponsible for a presidential candidate to indicate the course of action and the weapons he would use in the event of such an attack. He states that he would not say in advance how the U.S. would respond. He states that the Chinese Communists do not want just Quemoy and Matsu or Formosa, but the world. He concludes that defense of the free world territories and not surrender will lead to the path of peace. Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy talks about a treaty to defend Formosa and the Pescadores Island. He states that the U.S. would meet its commitment to Formosa. He disagrees with Nixon's suggestion that the United States should go to war if Quemoy and Matsu islands are attacked as the treaty does not include these two islands. He concludes and says that the U.S. would defend if Formosa or the Pescadores Island is under attack.
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