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A Bit of (Speech) History

  The following address, which is quite possibly the shortest offered by then Senator John F. Kennedy, was made on October 9, 1960 here in Louisville, Kentucky:

  ”

Ladies and gentlemen: Whenever we feel tired and a little down, we come to Louisville. (Applause) I must say that you have treated me, a Northerner, with more generosity, perhaps, than he deserves, but I am very grateful for it. (Applause) This is the fourth time in this campaign we have come to Kentucky. That is more separate trips than any other state of the Union, and Kentucky deserves it. (Applause)

We will make a promise to you that we will not come back to Louisville again if you will promise that on November 8, you will give us a great majority in this city and county. (Applause)

There is a month left in this campaign, and I believe it is a month in which we can bring home the truth to the American people about the problems that face us, the truth about Mr. Nixon’s record in the Congress – (applause) – and the truth shall make us free. And I believe on November 8, when the people of this country make their judgment, what they want their country to be, I think they are coming with us. Thank you very much, and now we will all go to bed. Thank you. (Applause)”

December 9, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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