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Truman Pauses Campaigning

Oct. 25, 1962 - Former President Harry S. Truman (pictured center in January) canceled today his political campaigning because of the Cuban crisis. At a news conference in Independence, Mo., he said he was calling off his campaigning for Democratic Congressional and gubernatorial candidates because of “my long-time practice that partisan politics be adjourned in time of national crisis.” President Kennedy, Vice President Johnson, and members of the Cabinet previously announced they were abandoning campaign appearances. Mr. Truman urged “everyone, regardless of his party affiliations, to support the chief executive and the Commander-in-Chief.” He also cautioned President Kennedy against a summit meeting with Premier Khrushchev.


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