Reporter: “Dr. Teller, in urging the Senate to reject the Nuclear Test Ban today, said it weakens the American defenses, thus invites attack.”
Kennedy: "Now to anybody who works in the laboratories today, a 30 megaton weapon is perhaps not as sophisticated as a 60, 70, or 80 megaton weapon. But it is still many, many, many times, dozens of times stronger than the weapon that FLATTENED Hiroshima and Nagasaki! How many weapons do you need and how many megatons do you need to destroy?? I said in my speech, what we now have on hand without any further testing, will kill 300 million people in one hour! And that’s uh…and I suppose they can even improve on that if necessary."
One of my favorite responses of President Kennedy’s. This is his reaction to an absolutely ridiculous suggestion that banning nuclear testing is a bad thing. Here is a link to the video so you can get the full effect and that famous Boston accent is on full display as well:
President Kennedy Responds To a Critic of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty