President Kennedy at his third press conference, Feb. 8th, which was not telecast live, but taped, stated that he does not know is there is a missile gap or not.
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Background: President Kennedy at his third press conference, Feb. 8th, which was not telecast live, but taped, stated that he does not know is there is a missile gap or not. He said, "I sincerely believe what I said, I believe that the next four years will be years in which this country and its capacity to meet its position and security will be strongly tested." This was in reply to a reporter's question on Republican charges that Kennedy has been putting pressure behind his program by painting the picture blacker than it really is for shock purposes.
Other questions asked were in reference to a man in space to which he replied he was very concerned not for prestige only, but he said he was going to be extremely careful even if "we're going to come in second." He stated it would be very beneficial if business groups would set up a code of ethics such as unions have and he is watching and hoping the unions will live up to their codes.
President Kennedy said he will use the moral authority and power of the Presidency when it will be most useful in the matter of school integration and civil rights.