Lead: Neck and neck in the polls, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon arrived in Chicago for their first televised debate.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Television had been a part of presidential elections for a decade but lacked the powerful influence that later years would give. When the two candidates began this series of four debates they hoped to sharpen the issues they considered vital but each candidate also hoped to gain a favorable advantage before a large national audience.