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Rear Platform Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy, Madera, CA
September 9, 1960

Senator KENNEDY. Governor Brown, ladies and gentlemen I am not going to make a speech in this rain. The only satisfaction you get is that it is raining on the just and unjust, Republicans and Democrats. I want to thank you for coming out. We are going to win this election and we are going to win it right here in the the State of California. I ask your help. [Applause.]

I don't think that anyone could have lived in this valley for the last years under Republican and Democratic administrations without realizing there is a great difference between them. We believe in going ahead. We believe in doing better than we are doing, and they believe in standing still. I ask your help. I think we can start this valley, this State, and this country on the move again next January. Thank you very much. [Applause.]

I want you to meet my sister, who lives in California, who left Massachusetts because she did not like the weather there, who is out here. My sister, Pat Lawford. [Laughter and applause.] I would like to have you meet Senator "Scoop" Jackson, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, from Washington, who will say a word to you.

Citation: John F. Kennedy: "Rear Platform Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy, Madera, CA", September 9, 1960. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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