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1960 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Address

Listen to John F. Kennedy's 1960 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Address delivered on July 15, 1960 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. He addresses his Catholic faith and hopes that "no American, considering the really critical issues facing this country, will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me because of my religious affiliation." Kennedy also contrasts his platform of change with the "old ways" of 1960 Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon. Finally he addresses the "New Frontier" that America faced in the 1960 election. This speech is available on streaming audio and MP3 download from American Rhetoric.

1960 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Address

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