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Nixon Willing to Accept Republican Nod

Mar. 6, 1964 - Richard M. Nixon said today he was willing to accept the Republican Vice-Presidential nomination again. Mr. Nixon, appearing on the NBC television program “Today,” said the office of Vice President should not be downgraded.

Asked if he would accept the Vice-Presidential nomination, Mr. Nixon said: “I know you are going to expect me to say no because I have been Vice President for eight years and have run for President. But I don’t go along with the current talk among the present candidates for downgrading the Vice Presidency. I think it is time to upgrade it. And as far as I’m concerned, I’m making it clear that I’m not a candidate for President and not a candidate for Vice President, but I will do whatever my party asks me to do, and I feel everybody else should too. The Vice Presidency, as Lyndon Johnson’s present position proves today, is as important as the Presidency.”

Mr. Nixon also said that there were so many Republican entries in the New Hampshire primary that nobody could win a decisive victory.


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