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Monday, October 30, 2006

October 30, 1960: Nixon Hits Kennedy 'Lies,' Kennedy Gets Key Endorsement, US Not 'Wicked' Enough to Invade Cuba

"Vice President Nixon steadily increased the vigor of his attack on Senator John F. Kennedy today in a 105-mile swing through Chicago's suburbs," the New York Times reported on this day in 1960. "'It's time Kennedy started telling the truth about the United States of America. ... I'm not going to use Truman's language. We don't have to tell lies in this campaign.'"

The editorial board of the New York Times today endorsed Sen. Kennedy for president, but pointed out the similarities on the two candidates' views on foreign affairs. "In the field of foreign policy we find it a cause of deep satisfaction that ... the two candidates are in substantial agreement over a wide range of important issues.

"Both are aware of the nature and dimensions of the imperialist-Communist threat. Both want a stronger national defense and more effective aid to the underdeveloped nations. Both are prepared to resist, by force if necessary, anat attempt by Soviet Russia to drive us from Berlin."

The editorial goes on to describe why it prefers Kennedy, writing in part:

"There are large areas of the world -- particularly in Southeastern Asia -- where ideological conflict between communism and anti-communism may break out at any moment into local warfare.

"Are we, as Mr. Nixon indicates, to use American manpower to prevent the loss of "one inch of free territory" in such areas? The choice is not so easy as Mr. Nixon implies. It involves that question of the intrinsic importance of each such area to the security of the United States, the question of allied assistance, the possible cost of Americana intervention in terms of Americana lives.

"The oversimplification of Mr. Nixon's sweeping declarations in these matters is not reassuring."

In a separate editorial on Cuba the paper contends that the United States would never be "wicked enough, or foolish enough to attempt an armed conquest of Cuba. The Cuban leader cannot really believe that we are prepared to throw away the results of a generation of diplomacy in the Latin-American world, and make enemies of all our friends south of the Mexican border"