Politics & Government

September 27, 2010

How Nixon-Kennedy debate changed politics

On a Saturday 50 years ago, NBC correspondent Sander Vanocur was told there was going to be a presidential debate on Monday. And he'd better start thinking up questions. The president of CBS, Frank Stanton, had just struck a deal between the camps of Vice President Richard Nixon and his Democratic challenger, John F. Kennedy, for a series of "radio-television discussions."

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