JFK’S 1960 Election Squeaker

John F. Kennedy Campaign Poster for 1960 Election.

It was August 1960, three months before the presidential election and the polls gave Richard Nixon a slim lead over John F. Kennedy. As the current Vice President under Eisenhower, Nixon had an advantage. Republican strategists labeled Kennedy as “too young and inexperienced.” There was also suspicion of Kennedy’s Roman Catholic background. Some Protestants feared Kennedy would take his orders directly from the Pope in Rome.