Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon correctly predicts a Democratic defeat in the 1966 California governor's race: "If the California Democratic Party fails to purge itself of these radical Left-wing elements, registered Democrats by the thousands will refuse to support the Democratic nominee and will assure an overwhelming Republican victory in 1966." 

Typed Letter Signed “Dick”, on his personal letterhead, 1 page, 7.25 x 10.5”, New York, September 29, 1965 to newspaper magnate James Copley concerning his statements regarding the left wing of the Democratic Party in California. Offered together with a typescript of his remarks on the issue before the Republican State Central Committee Convention, 1 page, 8.5” x 11” San Francisco, September 25, 1965. Staple holes in top left corner, light mailing folds, else fine condition. 

Nixon writes, in full: "For over four years the 'Far Right' problem has plagued the Republican Party because of the continued attacks by Democrats and so-called liberal columnists and commentators. It seemed to me that it was time to put this whole subject in perspective by pointing out that the Democratic Party has an even greater problem with the 'Far Left.' I am enclosing a copy of some remarks I made in this vein at the Republican State Central Committee Convention in San Francisco on Saturday, September 25." 

The accompanying typescript of his statements emphasize similar points, and reads, in part: "...The radicals of the Left post a afar greater threat to the Democratic Party in California than do the radicals of the Right to the Republican Party. The Right-wing radicals are a fringe of the Republican Party. The Left-wing radicals are part of the very fabric of the Democratic Party in California." Nixon then publically challenged Governor Brown to do more to purge the party of these elements that he blamed for a variety of abuses, including: "They brought a great University to its knees through disgraceful and illegal riots and demonstrations. They advocate appeasement of our enemies abroad - from Castro in Cuba to the Communists in Viet Nam. They give aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States by advocating the halting of troop trains and tearing up of draft cards. They reject the rule of law and preach and practice rule by the mob." Nixon concluded, "If the California Democratic Party fails to purge itself of these radical Left-wing elements, registered Democrats by the thousands will refuse to support the Democratic nominee and will assure an overwhelming Republican victory in 1966." True to Nixon's prognostications, Ronald Regan, campaigning on a message critical of "welfare bums" as well as the burgeoning anti-war movement and the counterculture, won the governorship of California. Ironically, in 1968 Regan would test the presidential waters by mounting a "Stop Nixon" campaign which fizzled out in the wake of Nixon's overwhelming delegate count at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach.


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