This is a transcription of this speech made for the convenience of readers and researchers. A single text of the speech exists in the Senate Speech file of the John F. Kennedy Pre-Presidential Papers at the John F. Kennedy Library.
Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to meet Mr. Carey, a candidate for Congress from this District. (Applause) I want you to meet Judge Ughetta, candidate for the Court of Common Pleas. (Applause) And State Senator George Bloom. (Applause) And George Sakautta, presently a candidate for your Assemblyman. (Applause)
My name is Kennedy. (Applause) Bloom, Ughetta, Carey, Kennedy. (Applause)
Ladies and gentlemen, I came over here to Brooklyn to ask your help in this campaign to defeat Mr. Nixon and the Republican Party. (Applause)
I don't see how any American living in Brooklyn or any other part of the United States can possibly take the view that this country is doing enough to protect itself, to protect freedom around the globe. I come here to ask your help. (Applause) I don't think the American people in 1960 are going to pick a candidate and a party which has opposed progress for the last 25 years. (Applause) I think that we stand in this campaign, I think we stand here in this campaign in the same place that Franklin Roosevelt stood in 1932. I think we are ready for a great movement forward, and I come to Brooklyn to ask your help. (Applause)