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Nixon: No Republican Can Beat Kennedy in ’64

Oct. 13, 1961 - Richard M. Nixon has confirmed in conversations with friends that he doesn’t believe the Republican Presidential nominee, whoever he is, will be able to beat President Kennedy in 1964. Mr. Nixon believes that if the international situation improves, it will make President Kennedy look better, and a worsening of it will rally the country behind Mr. Kennedy. So, the President would profit either way. Mr. Nixon believes the nomination will become a contest between New York’s Governor Rockefeller and Arizona’s Senator Barry Goldwater, with a possible Rockefeller-Goldwater ticket emerging. He has reiterated his disavowals of interest in the nomination. Mr. Nixon plans to devote the rest of this year to finishing up his writing projects and speaking appearances and will begin his gubernatorial campaign Feb. 1.


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