NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 22, 1976
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(Studio) Last president debates held in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon; next to begin in Philadelphia Thursday night.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(NYC) Report on Kennedy-Nixon debates. Reporter says Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated in Illinois Senate race in 1858, but not 4 years later when both ran for President; 1960 brought 1st, and up to now, only president debates in US. 1960 debate sponsors, format and moderators noted. 2 of questioners on 1 debate were Walter Cronkite of CBS News and NBC's John Chancellor. Candidates' appearance noted. Most of debates serious but some had lighter moments. [KENNEDY - talks about United States presence in Berlin, W. Germany.] [NIXON - says President or former President has obligation not to lose temper in public.] [KENNEDY - says doesn't believe he could say anything to change President Harry Truman's speaking manner; maybe Mrs. Truman can.] Other humorous lines noted. Kennedy's objective was to show he could lead country [KENNEDY - says wants world to look to American; doesn't want United States to be number 2.] Nixon's goal same but he also had to defend Eisenhower administration as it's Vice President [NIXON - says programs they have believed to move American forward.] Some subjects to occupy United States in 8 years after 1960 debates, such as Vietnam war, never came up.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker
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