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 ** Nixon/RFK Debates:** ** Nixon/RFK Debates:**
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 Nixon is the better debater- their sparring over Genovese in 1965, Vietnam, the blood-to-NV comment, etc. More so: Nixon projects an aura of "​cool"​ publicly. Privately, not so much. RFK is the reverse- he hated TV broadcasts. Richard Nixon did not publicly raise his voice, pound the podium, or allow civilians in such close proximity to (even holding) his person. Those polarity numbers, surpassing Hillary at her peak, are very personality-driven. Nixon is the better debater- their sparring over Genovese in 1965, Vietnam, the blood-to-NV comment, etc. More so: Nixon projects an aura of "​cool"​ publicly. Privately, not so much. RFK is the reverse- he hated TV broadcasts. Richard Nixon did not publicly raise his voice, pound the podium, or allow civilians in such close proximity to (even holding) his person. Those polarity numbers, surpassing Hillary at her peak, are very personality-driven.
  
  ​Likely outcome: tie on content, Nixon on style.  ​Likely outcome: tie on content, Nixon on style.
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-**Why middle class suburbanites Hated Bobby:** First: the motorcades. If the average middle-class burb resident sees one older candidate delivering a speech on their needs, speaking in an indoor voice- they'​ll be sympathetic. Then we have the candidate who allows people to touch his person, take shoes and cufflinks (without precedent before or since), speaks very passionately,​ prefers the streets to canned indoor speeches, who do you think they'​ll vote for? Not someone who summons them to the barricades and tries to persuade them of his concerns rather than the opposite. ​+Policy: Vietnamisation,​ phased withdrawal of US troops. Will try to enact a UHC proposal, likely similar to Nixon'​s OTL CHIP. Focus on urban development,​ decentralization of Great Society programs: not privatizing,​ but handing over control to state and municipal governments. ​ Pursuit of detente with USSR, relations with China, and perhaps outreach to India. 
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 +**RFK and the middle class:** First: the motorcades. If the average middle-class burb resident sees one older candidate delivering a speech on their needs, speaking in an indoor voice- they'​ll be sympathetic. Then we have the candidate who allows people to touch his person, take shoes and cufflinks (without precedent before or since), speaks very passionately,​ prefers the streets to canned indoor speeches, who do you think they'​ll vote for? Not someone who summons them to the barricades and tries to persuade them of his concerns rather than the opposite. ​
  
 Typical suburban view: "​He'​s ruthless and phony as a twelve-dollar bill." ​ Typical suburban view: "​He'​s ruthless and phony as a twelve-dollar bill." ​
  
-**Why the South loathed Bobby**+**RFK v. Dixie**
  
 Civil rights, thinking he'd try Reconstruction,​ Round Two. Often wanted him dead.  Civil rights, thinking he'd try Reconstruction,​ Round Two. Often wanted him dead. 
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-ATL: Currently serving as President of the United States in RogueBeaver'​s "​Eastern Entrance"​ (1969-present), ​"​Sunshine Sadness"​ 1961-present, ​"​Flight of Fate" (1969-present). ​Serving as the Conservative British Prime Minister from 1978 onwards in RogueBeaver'​s "High Wire Eire".  +ATL: Currently serving as President of the United States in RogueBeaver'​s "​Eastern Entrance"​ (1969-present), ​ "​Flight of Fate" (1969-present). ​
 RogueBeaver'​s historical figure of specialty. RogueBeaver'​s historical figure of specialty.
  
  
  
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