THE CONGRESS: The Summer Sound of Politics

Queued up six or eight abreast at entrances to the visitors' galleries, crowds jammed into the Capitol to witness U.S. history's first confrontation of two presidential nominees on the Senate floor.

Veteran Washington correspondents had never seen such throngs in the Capitol. Spectators came early and stayed late, squealed in the corridors at the sight of handsome Jack Kennedy, tittered in the galleries whenever Kennedy addressed Richard Nixon, in the presiding officer's chair, as "Mr. President."

"I Think It Is Tragic." The gallery crowds had come to see Kennedy and Nixon thrust...

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