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Telegram from Senator John F. Kennedy to Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge
October 9, 1960

I note in this morning's newspaper that the charge that I misquoted you during the Friday night debate with Mr. Nixon. I said on that debate:

Mr. Lodge on "Meet the Press" stated that if there ever was a question when we did not have the law on our side, it was in the U-2 incident.
Mr. Nixon at a press conference following your "Meet the Press" appearance commented that in a technical sense you were correct. The transcript of the "Meet the Press" interview shows the following question and answer:
Mr. LINDLEY. But relative to the Soviet Union do you think we have as much prestige and as much influence in the world as we had 8 years ago?

Mr. LODGE. Let me just point to the U-2 case. You might say if ever there was a case where we didn't have the law on our side it was the U-2 case, and yet when the Soviet Union proceeded against us in the Security Council on the U-2 case they got the most dreadful defeat.

I believe the case is clear that I quoted you accurately and that your answer was not a paraphrase of the questioner. In the interest of fairness, I would very much appreciate your setting the record straight on this matter.

With every good wish.


Citation: John F. Kennedy: "Telegram from Senator John F. Kennedy to Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge", October 9, 1960. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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