Senator Kenneth B. Keating

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CIA director John McCone, right, and Sen. Kenneth Keating (R-N.Y.), broke up a private huddle with a handshake, Feb. 8, 1963.

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New York Senator Kenneth B. Keating speaks about his role and views on nuclear war and the number of countries currently capable of engaging in nuclear war.

Keating answers questions related to his reactions to the Cuban Missile Crisis, particularly in regard to the role of a senator in speaking out during times of war. He says he will not be a "rubber stamp" for any administration.

Questioned about Senator Barry Goldwater's bid for the Presidency, Keating makes it clear that he will not support Goldwater.

Asked about polls that indicate Robert F. Kennedy leads Keating in their race for the New York Senatorial seat he states that he pays no attention to polls. Keating focuses on his own experience as a senator and congressman. He also points out Kennedy's attacks on his record.

While speaking about Kennedy, he "slips" saying Massachusetts instead of New York, a reference to some controversy about Kennedy's residency.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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