1960 Democratic Convention Preview – Past Daily Reference Room
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I keep forgetting that, prior to the past few Presidential elections, nominating conventions were still something of a horse race and that the air at these gatherings was, not only thick with smoke, but also thick with drama.
Case in point – the 1960 Democratic Convention, and this preview of what was expected to go on.
Certainly a far cry from how it is now. Sen. John F. Kennedy wasn’t absolutely assured of his nomination – there was the Stevenson contingent and newly-declared candidate Lyndon Johnson to contend with.
It’s a fascinating look at how much the selection process has changed over the years and how influences over our election process have changed it forever.
Here is Democratic Convention 1960: A Preview, as presented by NBC Radio.