Or for you people that where old enough and did vote back then. Whom would you, or whom did you, vote for: Nixon or Kennedy? And why?
Well, Kennedy didn't have all that much going for him, partly because of his premature death. He didn't do much as President, but he had some royal fuckups and some good things too. Nixon did a hell of alot more(and wanted to do even more) but also had some major screw ups as well, of course.
I'd probably vote Kennedy. If Nixon had longer in office he might have actually had time to implement universal minimum wage and healthcare, and that whole watergate thing proves he was a crook. (though Kennedy sucked ass as president in many ways too)
8th May 2007
Nixon. Kendy was a failure for the time he was in. I think Nixon probably panicked when Watergate happened. From my understanding, he didn't have anything to do with it originally, until it was brought up. Then he probably panicked. The rest is already common knowledge...I think. Also, this poll is somewhat biased, methinks.
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9th December 2003
Tricky Dick Nixon vs Kennedy? Poll editted. :uhm:
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26th June 2000
Kennedy. Nixon was a bastard.
I dunno. He desegregated schools, gave the go ahead for the space shuttle (though cut back on funding for NASA,) opened up relations with China, cooled the cold war, had many treaties signed, started the EPA, OSHA, and NOAA, and for socialism lovers, he tried to create a universal health care program and attempted to pass laws regarding a universal minimum wage. I really wouldn't call him a bastard, aside from that whole Watergate thing. He actually did a lot of good for the country, while creating a bad image. ON the other hand, Kennedy didn't do much, but created a good image. Weird how that works.
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5th September 2006
Kennedy for a host of reasons. If Kennedy was alive today he'd probably be registered as a conservative democrat.
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26th July 2004
this is a hard one but prob nixon even though he was a crook. kennedy on the other hand was spineless and back out of the bay of pigs invasion. never be forgiven for that. just becuz he did want to get bad talk about him. i say fuk what people think about you and do what you believe in. then again this shows he didnt believe in the invasion despite "promising reinforcements for the cuban exiles." a perfect example of ultimate betrayal.
29th January 2005
super6-4;4601048a perfect example of ultimate betrayal.
At least Kennedy's administration kept missiles flying in the missile crisis. JFK's influence and power warranted him to get assassinated though :/
Nixon I can appreciate for really doing serious political work with very qualified and skilled secretaries; He was pragmatic and worked with diplomacy very well, using detente effectively with the Soviets and Chinese.
The issue is that Nixon running pulling out of Vietnam only to expand into Cambodia with a massive bombing campaign, then set back America's confidence in their government with Watergate. Hell, it says enough when Eisenhower didn't really help Nixon when he ran against Kennedy. Eisenhower and Nixon seemed to disagree on certain issues.
That and America's image of being a protector of freedom and democracy was set back when Kissinger proclaimed that American foreign policy wasn't missionary work. It moved politics to a more calculating end.
He enacted civil rights legislation, but I would have to say that stuff was still rolling over from LBJ's Great Society plans.
On the one hand we have his impressive performance, domestic and foreign, but he had a level of corruption in his administration that was not really something to be wanted.
Of course if I was in there, I wouldn't know any of this in advance. A republican voter would probably be concerned that Eisenhower wasn't really onboard with Nixon. On the flip side one would be concerned about JFK's experience level (and of course a deal was about about him being Catholic and Irish).
I have a feeling if I was alive then I probably wouldn't have bothered voting :/