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Telegram from Senator John F. Kennedy to NBC and ABC on Fifth Debate

October 10, 1960

(Following is the text of a telegram Senator John F. Kennedy sent to the National Broadcasting Co. and the American Broadcasting Co., October 10, 1960:)

I am delighted to accept your proposal to appear for a fifth time with Mr. Nixon early in November. I hope you will be joined by the other networks in this endeavor. In a political campaign of such importance as this one, I do not believe we should permit the last 18 days of the campaign to go by without one further face-to-face exchange between the two candidates. The first two joint appearances have demonstrated their value. Some 130 million Americans were tuned in - an unparalleled audience for a political program. I believe this audience demonstrates the keen interest the American people have in this election. In today's world, the issues shift quickly and I believe that a fifth appearance would fill the void left in the present scheduling. I hope that Mr. Nixon will join in this proposal. With his agreement, our representatives could work out a format for this last joint appearance before the election.


John F. Kennedy, Telegram from Senator John F. Kennedy to NBC and ABC on Fifth Debate Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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