Campaign Speech Supporting John F. Kennedy
27 September 1960
"It has been said
-- and it makes me
more humble than proud -- that in the last two campaigns, there was a new
awakening of political purpose on the part of many Americans...The job now is to make those principals as
effective in the nation as they are here, to advance the simple virtues of
talking sense, of telling the truth, in public."
"We have a candidate who does talk sense and who does tell
the truth, and who will make our democratic principles effective, and thatís why
I will do everything that I can to elect Jack Kennedy President of the United
States. I have confidence that he will bring vision and vitality back to
Washington in nineteen hundred and sixty-one, the kind of vision and vitality
that you witnessed on
that debate last night."
"The candidates are
anything but alike, thank goodness, and it is no exaggeration to say
that the very future of freedom in the world could depend upon the
outcome of this election."
"You know in many
ways, I thought that [the Republican National Convention] was the
most interesting Convention Iíd ever witnessed. First Mr. Nixon
swallowed Governor Rockefellerís platform and then Governor
Rockefeller swallowed Nixon. And then, Senator Goldwater swallowed
both of them. And then, President Eisenhower swallowed all of them."
been said that] 'the gentleman uses two languages; one for the hour
of courtship and another for the years of possession.' I say that
Republicans must live in constant dread of not remembering which
promises they are supposed to forget, if by any chance they are
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