At a joint session of Congress in Washington January 6, Vice-President Richard Nixon had the duty of formally announcing the election f Mr.
GV Interior of Senate (to be used a silent lead in)
TV Members applaud (SOF)
CU Nixon speaks SOF...
" ... and it is in that spirit that I now declare that John F. Kennedy has been elected President of the United States, and Lyndon Johnson Vice-President of the United States. (loud applause) The Chair now declares the joint session adjourned". (SOF ends)
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Background: At a joint session of Congress in Washington January 6, Vice-President Richard Nixon had the duty of formally announcing the election f Mr. John F. Kennedy as President of the United States - and his own defeat.
After extending "heartfelt" best wishes to Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Lyndon Johnson "in a cause that is bigger that any man's ambition, the cause of freedom, justice and peace for all mankind, Mr. Nixon said (SOF):
Mr Nixon said that it was an unprecedented situation. For the first time in 100 years a candidate had announced the result of an election in which he had been defeated.
The final count of Electoral College votes showed that Mr. Kennedy had received 303, Mr. Nixon 219, and Senator Byrd of Virginia 15.