Nixon Vs. Kennedy Election 1960



Richard Milhouse Nixon lost the election of 1960 by a slim margin of only 113,057 votes. This can be attributed to unforeseen circumstances and poor campaign planning. The election wasn't based on the issues that year, America was after style and charisma. Since most of the election coverage was on TV, Kennedy was able to use his boyish good looks to his advantage. Nixon spent a critical part of his campaign in the hospital. That and his overbooked schedule caused him to appear tired and feeble to the voting public.
Richard Milhouse Nixon was a former lawyer from the west. He graduated from Duke University and became better known for his part in the trial of Alger Hiss in 1948. Nixon ...

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a politician fro Massachusetts who opposed John F. Kennedy in the 1952 Massachusetts senatorial election. John F. Kennedy, was a Democrat from the south. He came from a very wealthy family and in 1952 became a Massachusetts Senator. Kennedy was young, good looking and inexperienced compared to the Vice President. His father was mayor of Boston and that helped show the capabilities of a Kennedy in power. Lyndon Johnson was running with Kennedy for Vice President. Johnson was older than Kennedy and people felt his experience would prove useful . Kennedy felt that the union of Johnson from the south and Kennedy in the North would win him the election.(White, 346-350)
The issues that year focused on religion and segregation of Whites and Negroes. The problem of segregation was avoided by both candidates. Neither candidate wanted to make a stand for fear of having to take a side of either north or south. By far the biggest issue in the election was religion. Kennedy held a strong ...

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