JFK: I didn’t lose so much. I was still in the Senate, and finally, of course, you know the ticket didn’t win.
Cannon: Did you think it was going to?
JFK: Well, in September I thought he might, I thought he had a pretty good chance. At the end of the convention we all got excited. I thought even in September he was doing . . . turned out to be a [unclear].
Cannon: Why did you think he was going to win?
JFK: Well, for a little while there, Stevenson was awfully active and Eisenhower wasn’t. I was just talking to Democrats.
Cannon: You’re suggesting that you haven’t had many disappointments in politics. Have you ever lost a race?
JFK: No. I’ve run five times.
Cannon: The only thing you’ve ever lost was the try for the vice presidency.
JFK: That’s right.
Cannon: And it really didn’t hit you very hard.