ISSUES: Popularity v. Power

Of all the Kennedy-Nixon conflicts on issues, none have been sharper or been laid up in starker relief than their disagreement on national prestige. In the TV debates, Nixon declared that the U.S.'s prestige was "at an alltime high." Kennedy declared that "we have not maintained our position and our prestige," charged that "State Department polls on our prestige and influence around the world have shown such a sharp drop that up till now the State Department has been unwilling to release them." Nixon, in turn, accused Kennedy of "running down America."

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