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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1902
AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.
ATTRIBUTION: President-elect JOHN F. KENNEDY, press conference, November 10, 1963.—Transcript, The New York Times, November 11, 1963, p. 20.

In Theodore Sorensen’s Kennedy (1965), these words are followed by “There may be difficulties with the Congress, but a margin of only one vote would still be a mandate” (p. 219).
SUBJECTS: Voters and voting