Presidential Debates Presidential debates are a modern television age creation. The nominees of the two major parties did not debate until 1960, when Republican candidate Richard Nixon faced challenger John Kennedy, the junior Democratic Senator from Massachusetts. This first debate helped Kennedy win the presidency because his youth and vitality showed through the television, and he seemed more energetic and enthusiastic than Nixon. Although the 1960 debates were popular with the public and broadcast nationally on network television, presidential debates took a hiatus until 1976. Their absence is due, for the most part, to incumbents refusing to debate and laws that required equal time for all presidential candidates, even minor ones.
However, Ford was unable to handle the crippling events taking place in the United States; his approval dropped drastically within months, and like Nixon he lost support of the American people. When the 1976 presidential election came around, the American people needed a new hero whom they could trust and who could pull the nation out of its current state of misery. To fill this position, American chose to elect James Earl Carter, Jr., Governor from Georgia. Jimmy Carter began his presidency in the bright glow of public support built on his promise of bringing honesty and morality back to politics; but unable to successfully deal with conflicts beyond his control concerning domestic and foreign affairs, his term as President ended behind a dark cloud of public disapproval. Jimmy Carter entered the White House in 1977 with the bright glow of public support from the American people, stemming from his outspoken and admiring charisma.
According to Nelson Media Research, between 1960 and 1961 the ratings for presidential debates dropped from 59.5% to 31.6% and moreover dropped 62.4 million viewing to 46.1 million people viewing between the ’92 and ’96 elections alone (Chart). Individuals may believe this new exposure of political debates and facts about the candidates would help the public make an educated decision of their president. However, all of that television has done is turn the presidential debates into a popularity contest. Elections were based on image, charm and how the networks wish to have the candidates perceived. Televisions’ contribution to political debates only emphasized personality, visual image and emotion rather than ideas, issues and reason.
For weeks after polls closed on November 7, it had been uncertain to the American public who had won the presidency. The election’s close margins and bitter words over the results led this controversy to the Supreme Court, respectively titled Bush v Gore; which was publicized with each man’s move, motivated voters to become better educated in the political process. After losing Florida, a state that had enough electoral votes to determine the election, and the election itself by only about 1000 votes, Al Gore requested that there be a formal recount to the Circuit Court of Florida. This was allowed because of the Florida state law which stated an automatic... ... middle of paper ... ...en Presidential Elections." The Stolen Presidential Elections.
Most presidents can rarely manage government, Nixon was re-elected and he held it strong for 8 years. Keeping aside this Watergate scandal, Nixon can be studied in depth and be found out on how much of effort he actually did put in. A hundred years on from his birth, his years looked solid strong and now his flaws are fading. It is important to research in depth so that the only president resigned from US doesn’t have to be known as a villain, because he did do some superhero work. “Failure is not falling down.
An early sign of his high self-esteem came in 1954 when he was the only Massachusetts senator to stand up and support President Eisenhower's reciprocal-trade power, something that he believed was best for national interest. Prior to this, no Massachusetts congressman had ever voted for it over a period of twenty years. It is evident that Kennedy was able to adapt to the changing times when he fully exploited the new available medium to the publictelevision. During his campaign, Kennedy showed poise in front of the camera during the widely viewed televised debates between himself and Nixon. When he became president, John continued to use television to his advantage, in weekly-televised press conferences.
He married Nancy Davis in 1952 and they had two more children. As president of the union, he tried to remove communists from the movie industry. Reagan's first national political scene was when he did a speech supporting Republican presidential candidate Senator Barry Goldwater. Even though Goldwater lost the election, he brought in money and praise from fellow Republicans around the country. Reagan decided to run for Governor of California in 1966 and defeated Edmund G. Brown, Sr., by nearly one million votes.
He also believed the business community and economic issues would resolve themselves. This was not what Americans needed at the time of an economic crisis. In the eyes of most the American people, Herbert Hoover had failed as a president. Although the awful circumstances most citizens were in because of the lack of help from the government and President Hoover, Hoover was reluctantly renominated by Republicans in 1932. On the other hand, something new needed to be tried so Democrats turned to the governor of New York, Franklin Roosevelt to run in the 1932 presidential election.
Many people believed that the failure of invasion of Bay of Pigs would have never brought his popularity back. Instead, the failure of the Bay of Pigs led to better judgment and handling of the situation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Though his popularity was at the highest level before his assassination in November of 1963, did he have enough support to pass the Civil Rights Bill? Apparently, the bill was passed after his death in 1964. I believe that his assassination had a very strong impact of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964.
Two months after being ... ... middle of paper ... ... served 5 ½ years as President when he left office at 10:00 a.m. on August 9. Vice-President Gerald Ford assumed the office of the presidency and served the remainder of Nixon’s term. The Watergate Scandal toppled an administration that was succeeding at renewing American spirit and resolving many of the major issues the country faced at this time. Americans saw their elected leader, the most powerful man in the world, exploit his power and stand in the way of the America justice system. President Nixon aimed to heal the pain America was suffering through when he took office.