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President Touts Democratic Party as "Party of Progress"

Jan. 21, 1962 - President Kennedy said last night that the Democratic party would win the 1962 elections if it ran “as a party of progress as it always has.” The President told more than 5,000 cheering Democrats at a party dinner on the first anniversary of his inauguration that the time to begin the Congressional election campaign was now. The President flew to Washington from New York yesterday to speak at last night’s $100-a-plate dinner. The proceeds will go to assist Democratic House and Senate candidates this fall. He warned that history showed that the party in power usually lost seats in Congress during off-year elections. Then he continued: “We believe the Democratic party at home and abroad is best fitted to lead this country, and therefore we start tonight.”

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