Forty-nine years ago in July, a young senator from the state of Massachusetts won the Democratic nomination for president and pulled his former Senate rival onto the ticket. John F. Kennedy and running mate Lyndon B. Johnson began gearing up for a tough campaign against Vice President Richard Nixon. Whispers reported that as Kennedy was accepting the nomination, he was already thinking about challenging Nixon to a televised debate. Nixon was trying to lose some pounds, while Kennedy was trying to gain them. And Kennedy was making overtures to "Rockefeller Republicans" who were upset that their moderate Republican candidate did not make it on to the presidential ticket.
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