50th Anniversary of 1960 West Virginia Democratic Primary

On the 50th anniversary of the 1960 West Virginia Democratic primary, Kennedy aides Richard Donahue, Charlie Peters, Ted Sorenson, and… read more

On the 50th anniversary of the 1960 West Virginia Democratic primary, Kennedy aides Richard Donahue, Charlie Peters, Ted Sorenson, and journalist David Broder shared their memories of the 1960 campaign with moderator Tom Oliphant. That primary election marked a turning point in Senator John F. Kennedy’s bid to win the nomination for president against Senator Hubert H. Humphrey. Senator Kennedy’s landslide victory in the state proved that a Catholic could be a viable candidate for president contrary to conventional wisdom at the time. A video clip of a campaign ad was shown in which Senator Kennedy responded to a question at a campaign event at Marshall University about whether his loyalties would be divided between his church and the state. After their discussion the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience.

This was a Kennedy Forum event held at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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50th Anniversary of 1960 West Virginia Democratic Primary

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293478-1
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Public Affairs Event
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Forum
Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
First Aired:
Sep 25, 2010
Last Aired:
Sep 26, 2010

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  • Sep 25, 2010 | 8:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 26, 2010 | 12:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 26, 2010 | 1:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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