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Nixon's California Campaign Gets Rolling

Dec. 2, 1961 - Richard M. Nixon declared today that “second-rate” Democrats must be voted out of office in California. The former Vice President, a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next June, pledged “a crusade for new leadership to see to it that California will not be first in crime, first in high taxes, and first in bungling bureaucracy.” “We need first-rate government,” he said. “The second-raters, from Gov. Brown down, must be retired from jobs which are too big for them to handle.” Mr. Nixon added that he considered capital punishment “an absolutely necessary deterrent to crime.” Governor Edmund G. Brown has said he is against capital punishment.


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