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Statement of Senator John F. Kennedy on Fifth Debate, Issued During Campaign Swing Through Illinois
October 24, 1960

I have asked Mr. Nixon to participate in a fifth debate which I think should cover the question of Cuba and other important problems facing the American people.

I still find it impossible to understand why Mr. Nixon wants to limit the debate to one subject where there are so many important problems facing the American people. I think the fifth debate should include all questions which the members of the press [panel] feel are of importance.

As to Mr. Nixon's latest lengthy telegram today, I think the American people will well be able to judge which candidate has been guilty of distortions in this campaign. They will render their decision on November 8 and I have the greatest confidence in that decision.

Mr. Nixon's message is another indication of the fact that he would rather debate with mimeograph machines and telegrams than face to face.

I plan to appear at the fifth debate prepared to answer any questions which the panel may wish to ask me. I hope he will appear prepared to do the same thing.

Citation: John F. Kennedy: "Statement of Senator John F. Kennedy on Fifth Debate, Issued During Campaign Swing Through Illinois", October 24, 1960. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=74191.
 
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