By the summer of 1959, VP Nixon was probably looking ahead to the 1960 presidential election.
On the other hand, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was probably trying to prove to the Kremlin that he could stand up to the US.
They both got their chance on this day in 1959 or the famous kitchen debates.
Who won? They probably both did.
What’s amazing is that Cuba and Vietnam were not brought up, or at least I could not find any evidence that they did.