Election 1960

Election 1960

Kennedy (Democrat)

Running Mate Lyndon B. Johnson

Electoral Vote 303

Popular Vote34,220,984

Nixon (Republican)

Running Mate Henry Cabot Lodge, JR.

Electoral Vote 219

Popular Vote34,108,157

  • Kennedy won the election in a pretty tight race
  • New Frontier Campaign

The Cold War

His policy was a "Flexible Response" it was the defense Secretary's strategy to have options and could be ready to respond to the opposition


  • In 1961, JFK increased the number of military advisers (Troops) in South Vietnam in order to help protect Diem from the communists long enough to allow him to enact basic social reforms.
  • JFK wanted to continue Eisenhower's policy of minimal deployment of troops


  • After WWII Germany was split in two US controlled west USSR controlled East
  • Soviets wanted Americans to leave but they wouldn't
  • So in response the Soviets built a wall in Berlin separating the East and West called the Berlin Wall
  • The Ultimate goal of the wall was to prevent western ideals spreading into the east half

Cuba and The Missile Crisis

  • A US spy plane photographed nuclear missile launch sites being built in Cuba by the USSR, lead to the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Kennedy responded with a Naval blockade, this made the Soviets back down

Civil Rights

  • Kennedy gained the black vote by promising to pass civil rights legislation.
  • In shock of the brutal events surrounding MLK's campaign in Birmingham, delivered a speech via T.V. and radio to the nation on June 11, 1963 in which he dedicated himself to finding a solution to the racial problems.
  • In August of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led 200,000 black and white demonstrators on a peaceful "March on Washington" in support of the proposed new civil rights legislation.


  • November 22, 1963
  • Kennedy was riding in a ford Lincoln in Dallas
  • Shot by Lee Harvey Oswald from a warehouse
  • Jack Ruby killed Oswald
  • Lyndon B. Johnson took over as president.