PopQuizzical Daily! for September 27, 2013
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
One of the two candidates understood what being on TV meant, and the other was Richard Nixon. Do I know who won the debate? No. Do I know who looked better on TV? Oh, I sure do. Nixon had injured his leg on a cross country whistle-stop train tour for his campaingn, and his staff didn’t take into consideration how his pale complexion would look on TV – so he went on with no makeup. If you’ve ever seen someone on TV with no makeup, they look bad. If they have a pale complexion, they’re gonna look like they’re dead. And that’s what happened to Nixon’s campaign against JFK, and the first TV debate between the two was a large nail in the coffin.
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