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Nixon Won’t Run for President in ’64, Will Support “Strongest Candidate”

Oct. 30, 1961 - Richard M. Nixon advised Governor Rockefeller today to prove himself the Republican party’s strongest Presidential candidate in 1964 by actively competing in state primaries. Mr. Nixon said that he would not endorse any individual Republican for his party’s Presidential nomination until all the potential nominees “have been tested in the primaries.” Mr. Nixon said he would not enter any state primaries in 1964. He told a news conference in Syracuse, N.Y., that he would support Mr. Rockefeller for the nomination at the 1964 Republican national convention if the New York Governor proved himself “the best and strongest candidate.” Mr. Nixon firmly promised to remain Governor of California until 1966 should he be elected next year, short of a physical disability.


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