Kennedy and Nixon's Fourth Presidential Debate and related media

Kennedy and Nixon's Fourth Presidential Debate

On October 21, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon took part in the last of a series of the first televised presidential debates in U.S. history.

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    On October 21, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon took part in the last of a series of the first televised presidential debates in U.S. history.

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