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Letter From Billy Graham to John F. Kennedy

Billy Graham, August 10, 1960.  The Honorable Jack Kennedy, The United States Senate, Capital Building, Washington, DC.  Dear Senator:  I trust that you will treat this letter in the strictest confidence.  There is a rumor in the Democratic Party that I intend to raise the religious issue publicly during the presidential campaign.  This is not true.  In fact, I would like to commend you for facing it squarely and courageously.  There was another matter concerning malicious gossip that I had overheard about you.  I took it immediately to two of your closest friends and they clarified it.  I promis you it has not gone beyond me.  It is most unfortunate that political leaders are subject to these types of ugly rumors and gossip.  I shall probably vote for Vice President Nixon for several reasons, including a long-standing personal friendship.  I am sure you can understand my position.  However, if you should be elected President, I will do all in my power to help unify the American people behind you.  In the event of your election you will have my wholehearted loyalty and support.  With every good wish, I am cordially yours.

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Published October 11, 2010

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