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 here at the John F. Kennedy Library.
SENATOR KENNEDY: Thank you. (Applause) I know you are all going home so I won't hold you up. But I do come here today as the Democratic Standard Bearer and come and ask your support in moving this country forward. This administration has stood still and so has Richard Nixon for 14 years that I have been in the Congress with him. On all the great issues which disturb our country, minimum wage, social security, unemployment compensation, houses, roads, schools, hospitals, our parties have divided and we have divided, and the great questions for the 1960's are how is it going to be possible to move this country forward, build its economy, provide employment for its people. And there are four and a half million of them out of work today. Our steel mills work 15 per cent of capacity and the Caterpillar Company lays off 4,000 people in the fall of 1960. (Applause)
We can do better than that.
The Republicans have stood still on every great issue which affects our times and affects our country. I believe as in 1932, the United States is going to decide to move into the Sixties, to provide work for our people, to strengthen our country and set an example of what freedom can do around the world. I come here today and ask your support in this campaign in building this country of ours. Thank you. (Applause)