Debating the issues
Exactly 50 years ago today an event occurred that, for better or for worse, has transformed politics in a number of countries: on this day the first US presidential debate took place, in advance of the election in November 1960. The two candidates were John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. It is generally thought that Richard Nixon’s somewhat unsure performance, and in particular the fact that he was visibly sweating under the bright television lights, helped to decide the election and gave Kennedy the presidency.
In the years that followed, and increasingly in countries across the globe, the candidates’ televised debates have become a key event in every general election. Whether these debates serve to enlighten or to obscure, or whether they highlight policies or personalities, is sometimes arguable, but they are now something that is expected by voters. It is doubtful whether they will ever disappear from the political landscape.Explore posts in the same categories: politics comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.