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The Election of 1960: Religion, Cold War Politics, and Television

As the presidential election of 1960 drew nearer, Americans were faced with a choice between two very different candidates. Richard M. Nixon (1913–1994), the Republican Party's nominee, was well known to voters. He had served as vice president for eight years under Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969; served 1953–61), who was the popular hero of World War II (1939–45). Nixon ran on Eisenhower's record, which called for minimal government involvement in the economy and a mild commitment to civil rights reforms, then an emerging political issue. Nixon also presented himself as a staunch opponent of Communism, the political system favored by the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. Loved by few, Nixon was yet the choice of the Republican establishment, and he faced no serious challenges to his nomination bid.

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