john f. kennedy

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Today, Catholics are a prominent part of Kentucky politics.  Current State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, former U.S. Representative Anne Northup, and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning are just a few examples.  But in 1960, for only the second time in U.S. history, a Catholic topped a major presidential ticket and Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy confronted the same issue that defeated fellow Democrat Al Smith in 1928: his religion.  Some Kentuckians feared Kennedy's faith, believing he would follow the Vatican over the U.S.

Murray State University

Murray State University is looking back on John F. Kennedy’s campaign in the Jackson Purchase region and the 1960 presidential election in a new museum exhibit.

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This Thursday, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge, and Murray State alum, Jeff Taylor will give a presentation at MSU entitled, "The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later: What Do We Know?"  Taylor will look back over the events of November 22nd, 1963, a date engraved on the American consciousness.  Todd Hatton speaks with Taylor to get a preview of the presentation, and his perspective on what happened that day in Dallas.