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The Problem of the Presidential Campaign


crete solution brought forth to at- O ALL IN ALL the campaign
tempt to solve the problem of the has been fast moving and
two Chinas or the United States- hard hitting, but not exactly to
Cuba tensions. Each side was an- the point. It seems a poor reflec-
xious to criticize the other, but tion on the American voting pub-
offered little in any positive sense. lic that in a campaign as long as
this, so little has been said. Mr.
THE TELEVISION debates drew Kennedy, for instance, tried to ex-
enormous viewing audiences, plain some of his programs in de-
but on the whole proved little tail only to find that his audiences
except that the Vice - President were growing restless. They want-
neeptthateptheViceridented calls to arms and pat political
needed makeup. Tne same argu-apas-gtr.
ments were heard over and over applause-getters.
ageinithwe ehalofher tirde As a result both candidates are
again, with over half of the third running out of things to say and
debate being devoted to repetition have resorted to calling each oth-
of the Quemoy-Matsu squabble. er names to keep the public's at-
And in effect, the debates were tendn.eThe keepthpniha -
not debates at all. The candidates tenton. The campaign has been
did ot aguethei pants.buta long, drawn-out affair, and few
did not argue their points, but people can be really sorry it is
answered questions from news- drawing to a close.
men-questions which sometimes Since the proof of the pudding
seemed itended to embarrass Is in the eating, we will probably
either Nixon or Kennedy. Iget the chance to find out how

By THOMAS KABAKER We are told by the pollsters
that Mr. Nixon came out on the:
WITH ONLY two more days to short end of the debate because 1
while he did little to further his
go in the presidential cam- campaign, Mr. Kennedy got a i
paign both candidates are heading s chance to form his "image" in the
for the wire with renewed energy. mind of the voters. This may bea
Democratic nominee Jack Ken- s ,, true, for this campaign has tended t
nedy is pushing on with the fore- to have been based more on im-
casts of pollsters predicting his ages than on ideas. Republicans
election Tuesday. Republican Nix- a > figured that Nixon's fine debatings
on is fighting to pick up support technique would enable him to
to overcome the supposed Kennedy s ruc end hruhy u
lead. But as usual nothing new is it was Kennedy who came outr
being said. ahead by showing himself to be a
Unfortunately 'in this campaigngforceful and attractive figure in
the issues have been very few and American politics.
ill-defined. Kennedy has con-
stantly attacked the Administra- HE BIG question mark of the
tion record in local economy and election, however, is the religious
foreign affairs, claiming American issue. People are not willing to ad-
prestige is" at an all-time lowmit that they will not vote for a
Nixon is in the peculiar position Catholic. And while both sides
of supporting a record with which, were diselaimin the religious is-
it seems, he does not entirely sue,tthe Democrats were trying to
agree. For whatever he may think turn it to their advantage by ral
of President Eisenhower's admin- lying liberals and minority groups }
istration, he must stand on Ike's behind their candidate. Films of
record. Kennedy's speech before the Dal-
Moreover, Nixon seems more las ministers have been shown
forceful and even more liberal but one cannot tell where or how ful as Kennedy has in his appear- over and over again.
than Ike. It is truly unfortunate much. ances. Kennedy can attack any- In all fairness, though, the Dem-
that he cannot say what he really thing that isn't right with Ameri- ocrats have been very worried
thinks. As it stands now one cany THIS IS undoubtedly hampering ca. Nixon must say, "Let's look at about voters turning away from
sense that Nixon's views differ to Nixon's campaign and tends to the record of the last eight years." Kennedy because of his religion.
some extent from the President's, keep him from appearing Such a defense is not equal to No one as yet seems able to have
as Kennedy's attack. discovered how this factor will
Aside from this phase of the affect the election. Surely, if Ken-
campaign there was the Quemoy- nedy is defeated his religion will,
Matsu issue and the Cuba prob- be blamed, and probably rightly l
lem. But both sides retreated from so.
N e w BOSTONIANS their original position on the off-
shore islands, and Kennedy's THOMAS KABAKER is
statement that the United States Daily Magazine Editor and a
CONTINENTA L ,MOCCASIN mgt i evoluti*ny groups in' s ee
CONTI ENTA M OC ASINCuba was called by Nixon "dis- senior in the literary college.
graceful." He is majoring in English.
In neither case was any con-
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good a president only one of the
candidates will make. It is unlike-
y that whoever looses this elec-
tion will be nominated and elected
in 1964.
In two days it will all be over,
and then the pollsters will run out
to find why it came out the way
it did.
The whole idea seems rather
silly. But one thing remains true,
In the clutch, the voters always
siem to have come up wit the
right man.

The Campaign for Congrei

The Republicans Can't Control the Senate
But Have Hopes of Making Gains in the House
C inu dfrom Page Three is pulling out in front of Demo- The Southwest . .
SLONG THE northern Atlantic eratic incumbent Rep. Wilat WHILE THE SOUTH is expected
Democrats, as well loine House aositionrVmn to return almost all Demo-
oas the ,pubticns, seem to havcratic congressmen. the few Re-
good opportunities to capture op-} The West . .. publicans in the upper Southern
tn-hld district. states who are holding seats seem
posti n - d is ri t:; i r r zn g nt c In pa t r - r . __ _._ _.it..,... iear... o .,-.- -e,

In vital New York City. Demo-- fairly safe to retain tneir spots,
erats are rated possible victors in main stable. Wyoming should GOP Sen. John Sherman Cooper
three contests to unseat incum- go Republican in its Senate and is certain of reelection in Ken-
bents. Television playwright Gore House vote, although the incum- tucky.
Vidal. of a politically prominent bent is running in neither contest. In West Virginia. retiring Gov.
Okl-ahoma family, is battingfor California's almost equal repre- Cecil Underwood, a Republican, is
the nod over GOP Rep. J. Earnest se nation by both parties should far behind incumbent Sen. Jen-'
Wharfton in the 29th Districti y Nada fea- nings Randolph in the race for
continue in this poll. Nevada f the upper house.
Maine's voters are sure of elect- tures a fight between two ex.peri-
ing a woman senator. Incumbent enced politicians, former Sen. Former Democratic vice-presi-
Margaret Chase Smith faces a George Malont and Rep. Walter dential nominees Sen. Estes Ke-
tough fight from Democrat Lucy Baring. Baring, a Democrat, is fauver and Sen. John Sparkman
Cormier, with the present edge favored. face no opposition in the Ten-
going to Mrs. Smith. ! The late Sen. Richard Neuberg- nessee and Alabama senatorial
In tiny Delaware. a hot fight Ter's tido, Maurine, is out in election. And ex-Dixiecrat presi-
for the Senate is developing be- r's wid o nsM Senat, s t.1 dential candidate Sen. Strom
tween retired Gov. J. Caleb Boggs ganng streghfs er late Thurmond, is a cinch to be re-
and present Sen. J. Allen Frear. husband's supporters. But former turned to office.
Jr.. that is rated a tossup. Elmo S te Bublican j The election will be an im-
New Jersey's race promises one:Gov.'Elmo Smith. the Republicanth
or oreHoue pstsfortheDem nominee is closing the gap and it portanit one for both parties. The;
or more House posts for the em-a it ish i Republicans, should they gain
ocrats than in 1958. Liberal Sen. ground, would provide a more
Clifford Case may see some com- The South effective balance in the legislative
petition from his Democratic op- HE CLORADO senatorial bodies. The Democrats could es- -
ponent, but he seems safe. tablish a stronger control of Con-
Sen. Theodore Greene of Rhode campaign has been extremely gress that would theoretically
Island, 93-year-old Democrat, is close. Incumbent Sen. Gordon Al- nullify the presidential veto by
retiring this year and his chair lott, Republican, is battling Lieu- giving them a two-thirds majority,
will probably be filled by the party tenant Governor Lee Knous, but in both houses.
nominee, the GOP is losing support, which
Republicans can gain ground could mean a Knous victory and rTHROUGHOUT the country, the
in the Pennsylvania election for the loss of the only Republican Democrats appear to have the
the House, which would even out representative. most chances of losing seats. The
the state at 16 members for each In Texas, Sen. Lyndon B. John- prceding analysis may be mis-
party. son is running for reelection as a leading in that respect. Because
Maryland and Connecticut each "security measure." in case he Republicans are "outside. looking
have completely Demociratic rep- doesn't make it as Vice-President. in" in most of the congressional
resentation in the House. But No hope here for GOP voters. One battles, it is natural to label the
GOP forces have been working of the richest senators, oilnan close races as GOP opportunities.
hard in these states and may cap- Sen. Robert Kerr faces only token But Democratic strength has not
ture one or two seats in each. opposition for his seat in Okla- waned greatly in the last two
Retiring Gov. Robert T. Stafford homa. years. The Republicans will gain,
bu' not significantly.
The issues of foreign policy,
economic plans and farm pro-
grams have ben foremost inlthe
minds of the voters. The national
stands on these national issues
are likely to have more influence
on their congressional decisions
than local questions. The national
presidential trend will largely af-
feet the congressional contests,
as many posts hang in the bal-
ance, ready to be swayed by the
pull of the national candidates.
One thing is certain: The next
President will find a strongly
controlled Democratic Congress. If
the voters select Nixon, he will'
probably fight a belligerent legis-
lature. If Kennedy is chosen, he!
may well face an independent ma-I
jority party split by sectionalism
and factions that will not pass his'
Ingany case, representative de-
mocracy will have chosen an 87th
Congress which must meet the
test of the 1960's and the prob-


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