Foreign Policy in National Elections

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Foreign Policy in the 1960 Campaign

Effect of Cold War Revival On U.S. Politics

Injection of foreign affairs into the 1960 presidential election campaign was made virtually certain when the comparative amity that had come to mark United States relations with the Soviet Union was suddenly shattered in mid-May. Abrupt renewal of the cold war in a form more virulent than ever, a fortnight after downing of the American U-2 spy plane deep within Russia, upset all efforts of the Eisenhower administration to lead the free world toward accommodations with the Communists that might improve prospects of preserving peace. When this country became the target of a stream of threats and insults from behind the Iron Curtain, it was obvious that the Republicans would find it ...

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