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Romney Borrows From JFK Playbook

Romney Borrows From JFK Playbook



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Adam Thomas, KSL Newsradio Many are comparing the speech presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning to make on Thursday to one John F. Kennedy made more than 45 years ago. Both Romney and Kennedy had to address the issue of their faith.

In 1960, Kennedy felt distracted by the "Catholic issue."

"The real issues in this campaign have been obscured," he told the American public in his famed address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.

At times, he went on the offensive during his speech. "But contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the ‘Catholic Candidate for President,'" Kennedy said.

He said the finger of suspicion in 1960 was pointed at a Catholic. Kennedy said, "In other years it has been and may someday be again a Jew, or a Quaker, or a Unitarian, or a Baptist."

Or, in Romney's case, a Mormon.

To read or listen to Kennedy's entire address click the related link.


KSL Newsradio's Adam Thomas has an in depth report on JFK's famous speech delivered while on the stump in September, 1960...

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