Who won the first televised U.S. presidential debate?

The producer and director of the first televised presidential debate was Don Hewitt, who later went on to create the popular television news magazine 60 Minutes on CBS. Hewitt has advanced the theory that television viewers believed Kennedy won the debate because of Nixon’s sickly appearance, and radio listeners who could not see either candidate thought the vice presidentemerged victorious. In an interview with the Archive of American Television, Hewitt described Nixon’s appearance as “green, sallow”

Richard Nixon
Ronald Reagan
John F. Kennedy
Dwight Eisenhower

The Answer: The correct answer is John F. Kennedy.

Who was the first president to have a televised debate?
1960: First televised presidential debate. Good looks may have given JFK the edge on Nixon in the first televised debate, directed by 60 Minutes founder Don Hewitt.

Why are televised debates so important in politics?
Televised debates have become a permanent feature of the American political landscape, helping to shape the outcomes of both primary and general elections.

Why was there a TV debate in 1960?
“The present formula of TV debate is designed to corrupt the public judgment and, eventually, the whole political process,” historian Henry Steele Commager wrote in the Times after the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960. “The American presidency is too great an office to be subjected to the indignity of this technique.”

What did the candidates do in the debates?
Along with distinguishing themselves from their opponents, candidates have the opportunity to showcase their oratory skills (or betray their inarticulateness), display their sense of humor (or reveal their lack thereof) and capitalize on their rivals’ gaffes (or seal their fate with a slip of the tongue).

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