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At the 1960 Republican Convention, there were several candidates to be Richard M. Nixon's running mate. This button supported the nomination of Walter H. Judd, a congressman from Minnesota. However, Henry Cabot Lodge, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was selected to run with Nixon, who was then vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower. Though the popular vote tally was close, Kennedy and Johnson won with 303 electoral votes to 219 for Nixon and Lodge.
The 1960 U.S. presidential election was noted for being the first with live televised candidate debates. To some listening on radio, Nixon seemed to have won the debate. Yet many watching it on television had a different impression, since Kennedy appeared cool and collected while Nixon, who had been ill and did not wear television make-up, looked uncomfortable.