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RFK: Kennedy Name Won’t Help Ted

Sept. 5, 1962 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy said today that the Kennedy family name would help his brother Edward in his bid for the Democratic Senate nomination in Massachusetts, but it would not elect him. In an interview on ABC-TV, Mr. Kennedy said of his brother’s primary contest with Massachusetts Attorney General Edward J. McCormack Jr., “Obviously having the name Kennedy is going to help him.” However, he continued, “he’s not going to be elected because his name is Kennedy. In the last analysis, if he doesn’t have the stuff himself, if he won’t go out and work, if he doesn’t know the issues, if he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, if he makes a fool of himself, if he can’t answer questions, if he gets in a debate and can’t stand up — then he’s going to lose.”


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