Robert F. Kennedy Answers Carpetbagger Accusations

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Source:
NBC News
Creator:
N/A
Event Date:
10/20/1964
Air/Publish Date:
10/20/1964
Resource Type:
Video Speech
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1964
Clip Length:
00:01:11

Description

In 1964, former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy runs against the incumbent New York Republican Senator Kenneth Keating. During the campaign, RFK is accused by his opponent of being a carpetbagger. Kennedy responds to the accusation during a speech at Syracuse University. Kennedy would go on to win the race.

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MLA

"Robert F. Kennedy Answers Carpetbagger Accusations." NBC News. NBCUniversal Media. 20 Oct. 1964. NBC Learn. Web. 16 January 2015.

APA

(1964, October 20). Robert F. Kennedy Answers Carpetbagger Accusations. [Television series episode]. NBC News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=2776

CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE

"Robert F. Kennedy Answers Carpetbagger Accusations" NBC News, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 10/20/1964. Accessed Fri Jan 16 2015 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=2776

Transcript

Robert F. Kennedy Answers Carpetbagger Accusations

Mr. ROBERT F. KENNEDY: Well, and let me say first, number one, I spent more time in the state of New York than any other state by far. I’ve... the first 20 years of my life were, was here in the state of New York. I might say that my brother ran for Congress in Massachusetts in 1946, and he... the major campaign issue against him was that he was a carpetbagger. I’ve... I lived in the state of New York for a far longer period of time than he lived in Massachusetts, interestingly enough, before he ran for Congress, and even I’ve lived in New York for a longer period of time than my brother lived in Massachusetts when he ran for the United States Senate which was three terms after he’d been in Congress. I’ve lived in New York for that period of time, so I have that relationship. My family has had a home here since 1925, the year I was born. Our major place of business has been in the state of New York. Secondly, I might point out that 19 of the Senators at the present time, of the 100 Senators, represent states in which they were not born. Thirdly, I have been involved in the problems that I think intimately effect the state of New York.