The Presidency: Back to the Launching Pad

If I am elected, West Virginia will have done it, and I'll do everything I can for the interests of this state.

So said Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, one of several Democratic candidates for the presidency, on April 29, 1960 at Cabin Creek, W. Va. Less than two weeks later, Kennedy swamped Minnesota's Senator Hubert Humphrey in West Virginia's turning-point presidential primary—and was on his way to the White House. Last week, 2½ years later, President Kennedy returned to the state that had given him his biggest push.

At the Wheeling airport, Sonny Day's six-piece combo—the same outfit that had blatted...

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