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JFK Campaigns In Connecticut

Oct. 17, 1962 - President Kennedy came back to Connecticut today to pay a political debt. He flew from Washington for a four-hour tour and three speeches to rally voters behind the Democratic state organization, which gave him his first push into national political prominence. The President urged thousands of Connecticut residents in Bridgeport, Waterbury, and New Haven to support Abraham A. Ribicoff for the Senate and Gov. John N. Dempsey for reelection. Connecticut, Mr. Kennedy recalled, was the first state to endorse him for the Presidency, the state that placed his name in nomination, and the first state to report a Kennedy majority — some 93,000 votes — on election night in 1960. The President is scheduled to return for an appearance in Hartford.


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