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President Kennedy Arrives in El Paso

June 5, 1963 - President Kennedy arrived in El Paso, Texas today by plane at 6:04 p.m. local time and got in the only political licks of the day. About 5,000 persons gathered at the airport to cheer him and Vice President Johnson and Governor John B. Connally (right), a Democrat. Many thousands more watched their motorcade on its way to the city. Mr. Kennedy, who is spending the night in El Paso, told the airport throng that he had been so nonpolitical on his earlier stops today that “it’s a pleasure for me to come here as a Democrat.” Looking over the cheering crowd, he said he was glad to hear that “there are a few Democrats left in Texas, as there are in Massachusetts.” In his ringing campaign style, Mr. Kennedy declared that “this country is going to continue to move forward, and El Paso and Boston will be in the lead.”


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