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Eisenhower Calls Peace Corps “Juvenile Experiment”

Oct. 24, 1961 - Former President Eisenhower accused the Kennedy Administration today of doing “a good job of confusing me and all my friends.” At a rally at the New York Coliseum in support of Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz, the Republican candidate for Mayor of New York, the former President referred to the Peace Corps as a “juvenile experiment.” Most of General Eisenhower’s criticism, however, was directed at the Kennedy Administration’s fiscal policy. He is confused about it, he said, because one day the country is told the Federal budget is balanced, and the next that it will produce a $6,700,000,000 deficit.


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