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Kennedy Comes Out Fighting

July 16, 2010 |  3:55 am

July 16, 1960, Times Cover

July 16, 1960: In his acceptance speech at the Coliseum, John F. Kennedy says: "We know that it will not be easy to campaign against a man who has spoken or voted on every known side of every known issue. Mr. Nixon may feel it is his turn now, after the new Deal and the Fair Deal -- but the cards will be cut before he deals."

On the jump, the text of Kennedy’s actual speech as published in The Times. His prepared speech appears numerous places on the Internet, but the actual text delivered that night at the Coliseum does not.

For example, "In his prepared text, the phrase [above] read ... 'but before he deals, someone had better cut the cards.' Kennedy made a number of changes and deleted portions of his prepared speech, as did Sen. Johnson," The Times said.

"Both apparently were trying to fit their speeches into a tight television schedule."

July 16, 1960, Editorial Cartoon

July 16, 1960, Kennedy

July 16, 1960, Kennedy

July 16, 1960, Kennedy

July 16, 1960, Kennedy

July 16, 1960, Reston

July 16, 1960, Reston