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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

September 27, 1960: Nixon in Border States, JFK Seen Debate Victor, Pneumatic Computer, Pan Am Lease, Soviets to Attend '64 NY Fair, UN: No Red China

On the day after his debate with Sen. John F. Kennedy, Vice President Richard Nixon received enthusiastic welcomes from whites and Negroes in the border states. In Charleston, W.V., Nixon paid tribute to Blues legend W.C. Handy. Thousands lined the streets to cheer the candidate in this traditionally Democratic state. Nixon spoke and gestured "with his usual vigor," according to a report for tomorrow's New York Times. He demanded that Kennedy retract his claim that 17,000,000 Americans go to bed hungry each evening. The statement was false and "grist for the Communist propaganda mill," he said to great applause. Nixon also received the cheers of 70,000 supporters in Memphis.

"He [Kennedy] should also state the truth -- that while there are people in this country who do not share in our unprecedented prosperity as we would like it and while we must move forward at all possible speed to see that this situation is corrected, that all in all the 180,000,000 people of this country are the best-fed, best-clothed, best-housed people; that we have come closest to the ideal which Mr. Khrushchev claims as his own but has never been able to even approach -- prosperity for all in a classless society; that a lower percentage of people suffer from malnutrition in the United States than in any major country in the world."

Meanwhile, Kennedy had his own cheering crowds as he campaigned in Ohio. Campaigning in Canton and the state's other industrial centers, the candidate was greeted by thousands of shrieking supporters. Kennedy was thought by many to have won yesterday's nationally televised debate, in part because Nixon, recently hospitalized, did not look well. The audience for the debate was estimated at 73,500,000. Also today Kennedy received support from 10 southern governors. Kennedy also received a blessing of sorts today from a prominent Jesuit theologian who said the Catholic Church would not influence Kennedy's polices were he to become president.

In other news today:

Pontiac introduced its 1961 models. They are up to four inches shorter and 2 1/2 inches narrower than the maker's 1960 autos, and lower too.

Tubes carrying air or liquid have been made that can do the work of the electronics in machines such as computers. Pneumatic computers are not seen as replacing faster electronic machines, but may find application where reliability and ruggedness are required.

Pan American Airways will lease 15 floors in a skyscraper being constructed over Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. It is the largest single lease of office space in the city.

The Soviet Union announced that it will build an exhibit at the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York.

United Arab Republic President Gamal Abdel Nasser said at the United Nations today that the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union should meet immediately to discuss disarmament.

For the 10th year running a United Nations body decided to put off discussion of seating Communist China.


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