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Statement by Senator John F. Kennedy on Nixon Stand on Quemoy-Matsu, Issued During the Campaign Swing Through Georgia and South Carolina as Reported in the New York Times

October 10, 1960

Senator John F. Kennedy charged today that Vice President Nixon's stand on Quemoy and Matsu may involve American boys in an unnecessary or futile war".

"He wants us committed to the defense of every rock and island around the world," Mr. Kennedy said "but he is unwilling to admit that this may involve American boys in an unnecessary or futile war." Moreover, he asserted, Mr. Nixon had "sought to have us involved" in the Indochina war in 1954.

John F. Kennedy, Statement by Senator John F. Kennedy on Nixon Stand on Quemoy-Matsu, Issued During the Campaign Swing Through Georgia and South Carolina as Reported in the New York Times Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/274426

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