Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy at a Street Rally at Bay Parkway and 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY, October 27, 1960

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for coming out here and showing that we believe in the Democratic Party and in progress. I stand here tonight where Franklin Roosevelt stood when he caused this country to move forward in the 1930s, and I call upon you to join us in moving this state and country forward in the 1960s. (Applause)

We believe in the cause of freedom; we believe in a strong and growing country; we don't believe in standing still. We believe that in 1960 and 1961 this country is going to pick itself up and start forward on the road again, and I ask you for your help. (Applause)

The next President of the United States will carry New York. I come here tonight to the heart of a great Democratic section of old Brooklyn and ask your help. (Applause)

Now, if you can tell us where there is some place to eat, we will go and eat. Thank you. (Applause and laughter).

Source: Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files, Box 914, "Bay Parkway and 86th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 27 October 1960." John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.