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Senator Kennedy arrives at the Democratic National Convention

Senator Kennedy arrives at the Democratic National Convention

John F. Kennedy arrives at the Democratic National Convention on July 9, 1960 held in the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California

In his address to the convention accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency of the United States he asks:

"Can a nation organized and governed such as ours endure? That is the real question. Have we the nerve and the will? Can we carry through in an age where we will witness not only new breakthroughs in weapons of destruction--but also a race for mastery of the sky and the rain, the ocean and the tides, the far side of space and the inside of men's minds?

Are we up to the task--are we equal to the challenge? Are we willing to match the Russian sacrifice of the present for the future--or must we sacrifice our future in order to enjoy the present?"