NIXON SAYS HE AGREES WITH JFK’S GOALS BUT NOT HIS MEANS TO ACHIEVE THEM
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) On September 26, 1960, Richard M. Nixon, Vice-President & Republican nominee for President of the United States, said in his opening remarks in the 1st debate of the presidential campaign that he agrees with Senator John F. Kennedy’s goals but not with the means his Democratic opponent would use to achieve them.
In his opening remarks following those of Senator Kennedy, Mr. Nixon said:
“The things that Senator Kennedy has said many of us can agree with. There is no question but that this nation cannot stand still…& I subscribe completely to the spirit that (he) has expressed tonight, the spirit that the U.S. shall move ahead.”
The Vice-President then asked this question:
“Where, then do we disagree?”
“I think we disagree on the implication…that the United States has been standing still.”
The Republican nominee then gave some statistics to back up his claim.
Mr. Nixon said that the U.S. has built more schools during the Eisenhower administration “than we built….in the previous 20 years.”
He said also that we have produced more hydo-electric power than…in any previous administration in history.
The Vice-President boasted also that “we have built more hospitals (&) highways…”
In regard to social programs, Mr. Nixon said:
“Both of us want to help the old people. We want to see that they do have adequate medical care.”