MAY 26, 2012
WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA VI
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we conclude our report on Chapter 6 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy. It is published by Little, Brown & Company.
The title of Chapter 6 is WISCONSIN AND WEST VIRGINIA.
Kenneth O’Donnell says that at the same time JFK was defending himself on the religious issue, he was going into the hollows of poverty-stricken West Virginia “listening sympathetically to….complaints & promising to make…troubles known in Washington.”
Kenny tells us that by this time Hubert Humphrey’s campaign was “floundering.”
On election night, Senator Kennedy flew back to West Virginia after he learned of his big victory there.
JFK wanted to thank his workers personally including Bob McDonough.
“That spectacular performance in West Virginia wrapped up the (Democratic) nomination for Kennedy. It settled…the one big question….whether a Catholic could be elected.”
JFK would go to the Los Angeles Convention in July 1960 knowing he had the votes to win the nomination. The real question was…who would he chose as his running mate?*
*Kennedy defeated his closest opponent, Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas by 806 to 409 on the 1st ballot.