At the Opening Gavel, Assurance and Doubt
"Kennedy Claims 761” means Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.) says he has enough delegates to take the nomination on the first ballot, a crucial point in jockeying among the candidates.
July 12, 1960: Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) hammers on the themes of the economy, Communism and the Eisenhower administration in opening the 1960 Democratic National Convention.
In a noteworthy counterpoint, The Times also published an appraisal by James Reston of the New York Times, who said: "... despite all the booze that fortifies courage and the loudspeakers that magnify a false appearance of confidence, this convention is dealing with issues that compel doubt in every honest man from the lowliest delegate with his half-vote to Kennedy himself.