57. Presentation Counts

The Rise and Fall of Rick Perry


The first ever televised debate between U.S. presidential candidates Senator John F. Kennedy and incumbent Vice-President Richard M. Nixon in 1960 was the seminal event that changed the face of political campaigning forever. Mr. Kennedy entered the race as an underdog with two strikes against him: At 43, he was the second youngest man ever to run for office (William Jennings Bryant was 36 when he ran in 1896, and he lost to William McKinley) and the second Catholic candidate (the first, New York Governor Al Smith, had lost to Herbert Hoover 32 years earlier).

In the debate, Mr. Kennedy outshone ...

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