50th Anniversary of 1960 West Virginia Democratic Primary
This was a Kennedy Forum event held at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
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.
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David S. Broder Columnist Washington Post
Richard Donahue Assistant (Former) White House
David McKean Chief Executive Officer Kennedy (John F.) Presidential Library Foundation
Thomas "Tom" Oliphant Columnist (Former) Boston Globe
Charles Peters Founding Editor Washington Monthly
Theodore "Ted" C. Sorensen Special Counsel (Former) White House->Office of the President
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