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Rose Kennedy Will Help Son Edward in Senatorial Race

July 24, 1962 - President Kennedy’s mother Rose said today she would campaign to help her youngest son, Edward, win a Senate seat in Massachusetts. Mrs. Kennedy said she wanted to help him become her third son to hold national office “even though I’m past retirement age.” Mrs. Kennedy is 72 years old. She said her husband, former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, had urged Edward to seek political office. Edward Kennedy has been endorsed for the Senate by the Massachusetts Democratic convention. He will be opposed in a primary Sept. 18 by State Attorney General Edward J. McCormack Jr. Regarding Mrs. Kennedy’s husband, who suffered a stroke last December, she said, “He’s better now, but he gets impatient. He is very interested in the Massachusetts campaign.”

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