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Personal Narrative: The First Presidential Debate

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Normally my job is pretty routine, but I saw something tonight that I’ll remember for a long time. I’m a cameraman, and tonight I worked at WBBM Studios in Chicago, where the first presidential debate took place between Vice President Nixon and Senator Kennedy. This first debate has turned into a big deal. The whole setup for the debate was really brand new, since the television networks all gave an hour of free time—no commercials. President Eisenhower even signed a special law to allow it. So it was definitely a very big deal. When I got to the station late this afternoon, everyone seemed pretty keyed up. I was too—I was really worried about not making any mistakes. I was really excited when the two candidates arrived. Vice President Nixon
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