This is a 17 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on US Presidential Elections - Election of 1960 - Kennedy. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
It was one of the closest elections in American history. The Republican insider was Richard Nixon of CA, relatively young but experienced as the nation's Vice-President for 8 years under Dwight Eisenhower.
The Democratic newcomer was John F. Kennedy, senator from MA, who at the age of 43 could become the youngest person ever to be elected President. Regardless of the outcome, the United States would for the first time have a leader born in the 20th century.
Age was not the only factor in the election. Kennedy was also Roman Catholic, and no Catholic had ever been elected President before. This raised serious questions about the elect ability of a Catholic candidate, particularly in the Bible Belt South. Questions were raised about Kennedy's ability to place national interests above the wishes of his Pope.
In such a close contest, every event matters. Many analysts suggest that the decisive battle in the campaign was waged during the televised Presidential debates. Kennedy arrived for the debates well-tanned and well-rested from FL, while Nixon was recovering from a knee injury he suffered in a tiresome whistle-stop campaign. Kennedy was extremely telegenic and comfortable before the camera. Nixon was nervous, sweated profusely under the hot lights, and could not seem to find a makeup artist that could hide his five o'clock shadow.
When the votes were tallied in November, Kennedy earned 49.7% of the popular vote to Nixon's 49.5%. Kennedy polled only about 100,000 more votes than Nixon out of over 68 million votes cast. The electoral college awarded the election to Kennedy by a 303-219 margin, despite Nixon winning more states than Kennedy. Kennedy prevailed by winning key states with many electoral votes.
The presentation covers the following:
Alaska & Hawaii Votes
Gracious in Defeat
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....US Presidents.