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Nixon & JFK Arrive in Chicago (CH1 Vol.12 #126)

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0786
Run Time
0h 2m 38s
Date Produced
June 19 1959
Telenews newsreel about Vice President Richard Nixon and Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy crossing paths on a campaign stop at Chicago Midway Airport on June 19, 1959. At the time, both were vying for their respective parties' nomination for the 1960 presidential race. 
Establishing shot of a sign for Chicago Midway Airport, "World's Busiest Airport." Kennedy and Nixon descend the stairs from their United flight side-by-side, with Jacqueline Kennedy following. Nixon answers a question from a journalist about Kennedy's chances at the Democratic nomination while Kennedy stands beside him, holding a copy of the book Advise and Consent. Nixon is then asked about Eisenhower's choice for Secretary of Commerce, Lewis Strauss, being rejected by the Senate earlier that day. He expresses dissapointment and places blame on partisan politics and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson. Following several silent shots of reporters and cameramen, Kennedy offers his thoughts on the Senate vote, saying it was in the national interest to reject Strauss for the role.
Telenews (Firm)
Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Nixon, Richard (is participant)
Kennedy, John F. (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)