#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


  • Don J.
    03/01/2020 13:08

    Was too young to remember anything about him, but, I read a biography on him. I consider him to have been one of our best Presidents ever. He knew what to do to be one of our best leaders and didn't commit treason like the democrats of today (the past 12 to 15 years).

  • Mike V.
    03/01/2020 03:59

    The Democrat Party is nowhere even near what the Democrat Party was in the sixties it shouldn't even be using the same name he should just as well be called the Socialist Communist Party

  • Mike V.
    03/01/2020 03:58

    JFK was making statements about ending the Vietnam War and that I believe after a lot of an investigation is why he was assassinated

  • David B.
    03/01/2020 02:51

    Never again will you hear that from a Democrat

  • Brenda K.
    03/01/2020 02:31

    John Kennedy was a true American ! War Hero ! Awesome President

  • Rose H.
    03/01/2020 02:30

    If only the Democratic party had someone like him still around.........a real American

  • Jose E.
    03/01/2020 02:07

    One of the best democratic president

  • Wes S.
    03/01/2020 01:36

    The last great democratic president. Such a shame what that party has become today.

  • Maria B.
    03/01/2020 00:53

    Nadie como Kennedy

  • Mick M.
    02/29/2020 23:08

    This is how you do it!!!

  • Doris L.
    02/29/2020 23:06

    Back when the Democrat's still believed our nation was a Christian nation. They used scrioture to get elected. They might not of lived it, but they knew the majority of the Nation did.

  • Rolley B.
    02/29/2020 21:01

    The last great Democrat president we probably will never see a Democrat like him ever. They are moving closer to soclism and communism which he fought against.

  • Brigido F.
    02/29/2020 15:19

    JFK was a criminal and a coward in a few hrs the great and brave Cuban Patriots defeated the intruder gringos who intended to destroy the glorious Cuban revolution los Yankees son todos asesinos.

  • Brigido F.
    02/29/2020 15:13

    We were wrong about jfk he was a very evil person just like all the presidents of this country who maintain a system of crimes and oppression against others country that can not defend themselves the usa foreign policy is unfair and criminal.

  • Brigido F.
    02/29/2020 15:07

    Los lideres que se identifican con dios la biblia y Las religiones son farzantes y debemos rechazarlos.

  • Steve F.
    02/29/2020 14:28

    He was a great president but he was not a man I was proud of because of his personal life

  • Gary L.
    02/29/2020 14:27

    John Kennedy was more like Sanders than any other Democrat running 2020

  • Juan G.
    02/29/2020 11:59

    Uno de los mejores Presidentes:U.S.A.

  • Edward M.
    02/28/2020 21:24

    what ever happen to the Democrats

  • Ken H.
    02/28/2020 15:27


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