Thursday, June 17, 2004
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No Power or Threat

Whatever issue may come before me as president, if I should be elected — on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject — I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be in the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressure or dictate. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise. -- John F. Kennedy

Thanks, Josh Marshall, who points out, "what a difference 45 years makes!")