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Ike Intends to Play Active Role in Selecting ’64 GOP Nominee

Aug. 24, 1963 - Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower (pictured this month in Normandy) has told close political associates he intends to play an active role in the selection of the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee. General Eisenhower has sworn his confidants to secrecy on his well-formulated plans to make known his feeling that the next nominee should have the “moderate” outlook he believes characterized his Administration. Sources indicate the former President will arrange to have prospective convention delegates invited to his Gettysburg, Pa., farm for an “All-Republican” rally prior to the convention in San Francisco next July. If this materializes, these Republicans would be informed by the general of his belief that no candidate on the far right or on the left could block President Kennedy from a second term. It is understood that General Eisenhower lacks enthusiasm for the nomination of either Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona or Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York for the 1964 race.


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