I read that they even hated Nixon’s “Checkers” speech. The libs dumped on it relentlessly as being sappy and corny, from what I remember, and I think it contributed to him being uneasy on television debating Kennedy.
Well, simply put, they hated anything he did. He could do no right with the elites. They especially hated the speech because it was EFFECTIVE. Absent that speech, he might have been dumped from the ticket and remained a Senator from California.
As for the infamous tv debate, as radio listeners well remember, Nixon won it in substance, but the medium of tv made JFK look like the winner. If IIRC, Nixon was getting over illness, his clothing looked a bit disheveled, and overall he looked poorly and refused to be given a proper makeup touchup, while JFK apparently had not only gotten a touch-up, he allegedly had just come off a quickie with some bimbo, so he was QUITE relaxed. If only the public had known THAT.