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From 50 Years Ago: Kennedy's Triumph.

Weekly Notes from Vol XII, Nos 29 & 30, July 23, 1960.

Senator John Kennedy is the first Roman Catholic to win his party’s presidential nomi-nation since Mr Alfred Smith was defeated in 1928, and the chances are fair that he will go on to win the presidency itself in November. Mr Richard Nixon’s opposition (he is almost certain to win the Republican nomination) is by no means a negligible factor; but Kennedy has shown himself to be such a vigorous cam-paigner and such a powerful wooer of votes that he must be causing grave anxiety in the Republican camp. Moreover, he has been ex-tremely shrewd in choosing Senator Johnson as his running mate. This choice should help him to offset much, if not all, of the suspicion and hostility which his liberal speeches must have caused in the South. The remarkable feature of the November presidential election is that both the contending candidates will be men in their forties, with meagre political experience, almost all of it re-stricted to the post-war years. If this is a disad-vantage vis-à-vis the maturer and more experi-enced men in the Kremlin, it also holds out the hope of new thinking in Washington. It is never too realistic to place much reliance on the senti-ments expressed by candidates at election time, specially in the United States; but Mr Kennedy has certainly succeeded to a great extent in cre-ating the impression that his term in the White House, if it comes about, will be marked by a liberalism of thought which has not been in evi-dence since the passing of Franklin Roosevelt.

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