Saturday, January 2, 1960: John F. Kennedy begins bid for White House

"I am announcing today my candidacy for the presidency of the United States."

With those words, the Massachusetts Democrat officially enters the race, making the announcement in the Senate Caucus Room in Washington.
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Time magazine says: "His shockheaded youthfulness, his wealth and his Roman Catholic faith are mixed political blessings in a race where the Democratic bosses yearn for a candidate with no handicaps."
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