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Nixon Wants to Debate Gov. Brown

Aug. 22, 1962 - Richard M. Nixon made a formal overture today for a renewal of negotiations with Gov. Edmund G. Brown about a proposed series of televised debates in their gubernatorial contest. Suggesting that the Democrat “apparently is trying to run out on the people of California,” the former Vice President said that a rejection by the Governor would be proof of “bad faith.” “Now is the time,” Mr. Nixon added, “for Brown to put up or shut up.” Gov. Brown is insisting that any debates follow the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy format, with a panel of newsmen putting questions to the two contenders. Mr. Nixon favors a “head-on” argument with no intermediaries.

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