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Highlights of President’s Press Conference

July 23, 1962 - Following are the highlights of President Kennedy’s news conference today:

Berlin Settlement — He reported “no progress” in Geneva talks between the Soviet Union and the Western powers in Berlin, but expressed hope that an accord would be reached.

Popularity — He noted a drop in his popularity reported by the Gallup Poll, and said “as I make my views clearer on these issues, some people increasingly are not going to approve of me.”

Congressional Elections — He said the choice for the American voters would be “very clear this fall,” between the Republican “antis” and the Democrats who support his Administration. The public, he said, will choose “either to anchor down or to sail.”

Goal in November — He said he hoped that the Democrats could “hold their own” in the Congressional elections and perhaps pick up “five or ten seats.”


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