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Hinton Daily News
May 3, 1960

Kennedy Schedules 'Rain Or Shine' Visit To Hinton

Rain or shine, Senator John F. Kennedy, Democratic candidate for president is scheduled to visit Hinton and other Greenbrier Valley cities Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. He will be accompanied here by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.

The Kennedy party is scheduled to arrive in Hinton at 10:20 a.m. according to his itinerary released by Attorney Forest L. McNeer, his local campaign manager.

McNeer today released a telegram he received from Kennedy that said:

"Am terribly sorry regarding cancellation of F. D. Roosevelt and myself. I appreciate everything you have done. Looking forward to seeing you at Hinton May 4."

After a speech at the Court House Park here and a tour of downtown streets, Kennedy will leave for Alderson where he is scheduled for a speech there at 11:35 a.m. He is scheduled in Ronceverte at 12:20 p.m; Lewisburg at 1 p.m. and White Sulphur at 1:45 p.m.

Kennedy will come here after addressing the Concord College student body, and will fly from White Sulphur to Charleston at 2:15 p.m., where he is scheduled for a television and radio debate with his West Virginia opponent, Senator Hubert Humphreys [sic] at 7:30 p.m. The debate will last one hour, and the candidates will answer questions that have been submitted by West Virginia voters through a Charleston newspaper.

In a statement released from his Charleston headquarters Kennedy said:

"One of West Virginia's biggest hopes for decreasing unemployment and increasing income is the use of its priceless heritage of natural beauty to build a vital tourist industry.

"West Virginia has the resources - the streams and woods and lakes - necessary to develop a tourist industry. Its people have the courage and determination and vigor that is needed. Its state authorities have acted with vision to the limit of their resources. All that West Virginia lacks is a little understanding and a little help from Washington.

"Your entire state - 'The Switzerland of the Americas' - should be a favorite stopping place for many of the more than 30 million Americans who take a vacation trip each year. Yet - in the past eight years - this great natural beauty has been allowed to decay - your forests and parks have gone virtually undeveloped - and increasing pollution has threatened the beauty and health of your rivers. Only by acting now to halt this threatened destruction - by acting to preserve this great natural abundance - can we assure future generations of Americans their chance to enjoy the recreation and the beauty which has been the historic heritage of West Virginia. And only by such action can the people of West Virginia be assured of the new jobs and the increased income which a booming tourist industry will bring.

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