1960 : Kennedy Gives Campaign Speech in Lansing

October 14, 2021 all-day

Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop in Lansing on this day during his run for the Presidency. Kennedy spoke to a large crowd on the steps of the Capitol and tapped into a campaign theme that has carried through the decades — that no state feels the crunch of a downturn more than Michigan. Michigan would back Kennedy in the election over then-Vice President Richard Nixon.

Source : “Michigan Matters : Presidential Candidates Have Long Understood Mitten’s Signficance”, Lansing State Journal, November 1, 2012.

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