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Nixon: I'm Not Afraid of JFK

Sept. 30, 1961 - Richard M. Nixon moved today to take himself completely out of the Presidential picture in 1964, even by way of a draft at the convention. He said he was glad that Republicans had "two such articulate candidates" as Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York and Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona. "And I am also glad," he added, "that both are moving to the center of the road, where they belong." As for a possible draft, he said that a study of American history showed there never had been such a thing. Asked if he would be afraid to run against President Kennedy in 1964, Mr. Nixon said: "I don't think anyone in his right mind would say I am afraid of President Kennedy."


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