Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow anchor convention coverage spanning JULY 13, 14, 15, 1960.
A retrospective declaration of candidacy for President of the United States is announced by Senator John F. Kennedy. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, the majority leader of the senate, speaks. Back live on the convention floor, Bernie Eismann talks to Minnesota Governor Orville L. Freeman; it was he who put Kennedy's name into nomination. Edward R. Murrow talks to Lowell Thomas. Adlai Stevenson introduces Eleanor Roosevelt who speaks before the convention. Neil Strawser talks to the Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Butler. 3000 delegates are represented as roll call begins the 1500 vote procedure. It takes 761 votes to nominate the choice for president. We hear each state cast their votes. John Kennedy, 43, becomes the third youngest nominee in history. Nancy Hanschman reports from Johnson headquarters. Adlai Stevenson is interviewed. Kennedy speaks to the convention, thanking them for his nomination. Benedition and the National Anthem end the evening for July 13th. Cronkite and Murrow rap it up with final thoughts. Betty Furness does a Westinghouse Total Elective Home Commercial. July 14th & 15th coverage present the nomination for Vice President. Earlier coverage by Kennedy at a press conference confirms Lyndon B. Johnson as his choice for the Vice President running mate. Nancy Hanschman interviews Johnson. There is coverage of the LBJ press conference. John F. Kennedy gives a 22 minute acceptance speech to the convention. Alexander Kendrick, Howard K. Smith, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite evaluate the JFK speech. Spokeswoman for Westinghouse, Betty Furness, gives praise to Cronkite for his coverage of the National Democratic Convention.