DEMOCRATS: Campaign Opener

The candidate knew it. Local politicos knew it. The retinue of reporters knew it. Without formal declaration, Massachusetts Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy launched his all-out campaign for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination, as he crossed Wisconsin in a three-Cessna airplane expedition, getting lined up for the critical Wisconsin primary next April.

Wherever Kennedy went last week, he drew enthusiastic crowds. Nearly 1,000 turned out for a Milwaukee dinner; 400 showed up in Sheboygan; one man drove 100 miles to hear Kennedy speak in Madison. The tousle-headed Senator punched hard and earnestly. He pushed his Kennedy-Ervin labor bill ("We will find...

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