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Rockefeller Advocates Expansion of Vietnam War

Apr. 27, 1964 - New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller declared today that the United States should carry the war in South Vietnam into Communist “sanctuaries” in North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Sounding a tough anti-Communist line as he opened a three-day tour of Oregon and California, the Governor also recalled to an audience in Klamath Falls that he once had told Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev he did not believe in coexistence because it was “a very clever means of trying to pull us into close cooperation where they can then undermine the forces of human freedom.”

Like Richard M. Nixon, who also favors expansion of the war in Vietnam, the Governor stopped short of advocating that American troops and fliers do the fighting.

Instead, he called for “unswerving” American support for South Vietnamese air strikes against Communist Viet Cong supply lines and depots in Laos and North Vietnam.

He also urged “hot pursuit” into Cambodia, Laos, or North Vietnam when the Viet Cong found sanctuary in those countries. This too would be undertaken by South Vietnamese troops.

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