President John F. Kennedy has been a primary source of inspiration for Mr. Pollard all of his life, and many of the words of his inaugural address ring as true today as they did when they were spoken on January 20, 1961.  In particular, Mr. Pollard believes that it is important for us to remember the words President Kennedy delivered that day, “Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Here are links to video recordings of President John Kennedy’s inaugural address: Part 1 and Part 2.

Upon writing a paper in college about the Cuban missile crisis, Mr. Pollard learned of the critical role that Senator Robert F. Kennedy played in convincing his brother not to launch a nuclear attack against the Soviet Union, and the more he learned about Senator Robert Kennedy’s idealism, vision, and deep caring for those Americans who were most in need, the more inspired he felt by this great American statesman.  Mr. Pollard first decided to run for the United States Senate after watching this video of the Senator Robert Kennedy’s eulogy, delivered by his brother, Senator Edward Kennedy, and hearing the words about Senator Kennedy’s belief in the power of ideals, and of young people, to change the world.