interview with LARRY O'BRIEN recallin JFK and their concerns about JFK's being catholic and how they feared this would hurt Kennedy's chances to run for president. O'Brien was appointed in 1952 by John F. Kennedy to serve in Massachusetts as the director of his successful U.S. Senate election campaign and, in 1958, to serve in Massachusetts as the director of his successful reelection campaign. His elections were largely attributed to O'Brien's recruitment and use of volunteers, and his development of a statewide election campaign.
He began in 1959 to build the foundation for Senator Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign by touring the United States.
O'Brien was appointed in 1960 by Sen. Kennedy to serve nationally as the director of his presidential campaign. His election planning in key primary states such as Wisconsin and West Virginia convinced many in the party that Sen. Kennedy's Catholicism wasn't a problem.
O'Brien developed a new presidential campaign strategy for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) which became the standard for both parties. He collected information about each convention delegate and alternate delegate, and communicated frequently the liaison of every delegation.
further conversation about Kennedy's campaign and how the religion / Catholicism was an issue and how Kennedy defended himself.. Discuss the issue in the West Virginia primary
discusses JFK 's Civil Rights concerns and when they began
JFK on House Of Representatives and how he was prepared for his political career and how he got the Senate nomination...how he defeated Henry Cabot Lodge
part one of interview ends
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