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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1381
AUTHOR:John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION:Of course, both major parties today seek to serve the national interest. They would do so in order to obtain the broadest base of support, if for no nobler reason. But when party and officeholder differ as to how the national interest is to be served, we must place first the responsibility we owe not to our party or even to our constituents but to our individual consciences.
ATTRIBUTION:Senator JOHN F. KENNEDY, Profiles in Courage, p. 15 (1956).
SUBJECTS:Political parties
 
 
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