“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came.” [Speech given at Newport at the dinner before the America's Cup Races, September 1962]
Jack was reelected to the Senate by the people of the Massachusetts with 73.6 percent of the vote in 1958. Senator Kennedy, politically matured now, had already tasted national politics, almost getting the nod to be vice president at the 1956 Democratic convention. When Kennedy is told he will easily get that post in 1960, he responds, "I'm not running for the vice-presidency anymore. I'm running for the presidency."