Originally Posted by InspiredLebowski
Those were literally the first televised debates ever and Kennedy was, well, Kennedy. All the smooth good looking dude shit you hear about. Nixon was legitimately sick and dripping sweat (youtube it). Nothing near what happened tonight.
Nixon also refused to use makeup, which was probably even more necessary than it is today (at least before HD).
I think every candidate since then has used makeup.
Nixon got very, very good about using TV in 1968. He hired Roger Ailes, yes the same guy who runs Fox News and Ailes told him what was what.