#TBT: JFK announces presidential bid

60 years ago today, John F. Kennedy announced his presidential bid — six months later, he was nominated. Some 2020 candidates have already been campaigning for 35 months. 😳

Sen. John F. Kennedy July 11, 1960

“I am announcing today my candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. The Presidency is the most powerful office in the Free World. Through its leadership can come a more vital life for our people. In it are centered the hopes of the globe around us for freedom and a more secure life.”

Just over 6 months later, Kennedy accepted the nomination

“It has been a long road from the first snowy day in New Hampshire many months ago to this crowded convention city. Now begins another long journey, taking me into your cities and homes across the United States. Give me your help. And your hand. And your voice. Recall with me the words of Isaiah that, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary." As we face the coming great challenge, we too, shall wait upon the Lord, and ask that He renew our strength. Then shall we be equal to the test. Then we shall not be weary. Then we shall prevail. Thank you.”

Kennedy for President

The 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy, then United States Senator from Massachusetts, began on January 2, 1960, when Kennedy formally announced his candidacy for 35th President of the United States, replacing incumbent President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kennedy and Johnson won the election on November 8, 1960, defeating incumbent Vice President and Republican nominee Richard Nixon, who would later go on to be the 37th President of the United States. Kennedy and Johnson were sworn in as 35th President and 37th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1961 respectively. Kennedy would serve as President of the United States until his death in November 1963.


01/02/2020 2:57 PM
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  • Arvinder M.
    2 days

    President Kennedy was a nice person

  • Gabriel B.
    2 days

    Is Bernie Sanders as Democrat as Kennedy?.

  • Monnie E.
    3 days

    I believe he was the only Catholic president we've ever had

  • Diane F.
    3 days

    Now that was a PRESIDENT.

  • Loretta M.
    3 days

    He was a great person

  • Eileen F.
    3 days

    Some people were not born yet... but this history is still powerful enough to hear today !

  • Laura T.
    4 days

    It will never be a democrat like John Kenedy, he love his country.

  • Russ C.
    4 days

    He was a great man and president

  • Loretta M.
    4 days

    He was a great man.

  • Sheila K.
    4 days

    And our Gov killed him

  • Dolph M.
    4 days

    Quoting scripture from the Holy Bible. Today’sDemocrats would cringe in horror.

  • Mary S.
    4 days

    The last real democrat to hold office. Still miss him.

  • Ken S.
    5 days

    The Democrats, after JFK are a bunch of losers, a dog and pony show

  • David S.
    5 days

    I some how couldn't imagine JFK kissing up to Nikita Kruschev.

  • Steve E.
    5 days

    That was a time when Democrats wouldn’t allow socialist

  • Thomas C.
    5 days

    What is the Democrats have dignity and respect like John F Kennedy had

  • John M.
    5 days

    A true Democrat! I voted for Kennedy in 1960! Boy have these Democrats become the Socialist Liberal Democrats—-SAD—-Vote Republican!

  • Billy K.
    5 days

    The last of the good Democrats

  • Robert K.
    5 days

    Before I get called away one day, my only hope is to have a young, much vibrant, energetic President as John F. Kennedy was......I loved this man....May he be singing with the angels...

  • Claudette R.
    6 days

    It's a shame that we don't have a President like that again.