This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Marvin Sleeper hosts.
Carmine DeSapio, Secretary of State to the Governor of New York, answers questions.
Panelists: Paulette Singer, Penny Fox, Jim Farrell, Bob Feinberg, and Martin Birmingham.
Likelihood of a Democrat being elected president in 1956 is an inevitability, due to the unfulfilled pledges and promises made by the Republican Party in 1952. Failure of Taft-Hartley, immigration reform, housing, educational programs. Open convention for the next election. Impact of segregation and the polio vaccine in the next campaign. Response to the comments Harris Klein made on his visit to the CPC. The issue in 1956 will be Republicanism because the president is a Republican; the president can't be separated from his party.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71993
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Just ask the elf your favorite open convention is fifty six How big an issue what sort of day should be in the next election Mr Just happy oh do you think the administration's handling of the polio vaccine will be a major issue in next year's campaign one of the chances for election of a Democratic president in one hundred fifty six because of the party really have any vote getting issues for the answers to these and other questions listen now to campus press conference I transcribed program in which college editors interviewed prominent personalities in the new and here to introduce today's panel and their guest is your moderator Marvin sleeper city hall reporter for The New York Journal American Good afternoon and welcome to another edition of campus press conference today our power panel of college editors will interview with the honorable common to sappy old Mr the sappy always governor Herman secretary of state is also Democratic leader of New York county doesn't that he really needs no additional identification except to point out that since one nine hundred fifty three he's been writing political winners that year he put his weight behind Bob Wagner for mayor the following year he stuck with Herman forgotten governor Needless to say is political savvy has paid off and has become one of the most powerful king makers of our time has ever seen it's very possible that he may have a two horse partly in the one nine hundred fifty six national sweepstakes chairman for President Wagner for Senator around our microphones to explore all the angles with our distinguished guest our college editors Paul that singer of The Washington Square ball isn't funny Fox of the Hunter College arrow Jim feral of the Fordham Rahm Bob Feinberg of the Hunter College arrow and Martin Birmingham of New York University and the first question from you Bob Feinberg Mr disaster will just what are the chances of a Democrat succeeding to the White House in one hundred fifty six I personally feel him Bob that the Democrats will elect a president in one hundred fifty six what do you base that on. Simply on the theory of the unfulfilled pledges and promises the Republican Party made to the people of this country in one nine hundred fifty two then do you think I'm not any Democratic candidate like I would say I am a qualified candidate who was selected by the Democratic convention let's do this at the outset of the father recently said that the Democrats will need a formidable candidate to win against President Eisenhower if you want to think that party will have a fall out of OK well I'm confident that our qualified candidate will be a formidable candidate how do you think the Republicans have failed. Not filling their promises well modern Just to be specific for a moment I can recall vividly their campaign pledges to the people of this country on a task touchingly. On and on in the McCarran Walter Act which failed to liberalize the immigration laws as was promised by the Republican platform and they're told all program of housing there's been a dismal failure in their educational program. Those are their failure to. Support the farmers who today in my opinion now receive a small pittance for their labor dollars a sample of the issues that I think will be prevalent in the coming election which have been unfulfilled by the Republican Party is not considered by politicians all very difficult to our party in a time when you have peace and prosperity that seems to be an old fashioned theory which I honestly do not adhere to. I think these are very important things are sort of basic things that people have that well likely to be satisfied no they're argumentative and in the sense that you must bear in mind that prior to the election of a Democratic Congress in one nine hundred fifty four. We had plenty of conversation and reality relative to our employment situation and presently today we have approximately a million Nader two million people unemployed in this nation and that's not a very low figure though I would say two million people is not a low figure but isn't that pretty low over the last say ten years or so isn't about as low as it has ever been well you must you must bear in mind that. This country is undergoing a terrific program of growth and expansion and we have to take that into consideration but I still adhere to the fact that you never underestimate to make what that growth and expansion will help the Republican Party it's not my honest opinion that well this is exactly always your preference for the Democratic candidate well of course of course I answered that question and on many occasions I've indicated that we have very a host of formal and well qualified candidates in the Democratic Party and I think I know specifically what you have in mind and before you follow up with the question I I think I may add that my position relative to Governor Harriman has been. Clarified to the extent that I explained on many interviews that Governor Hammond was a candidate for the Democratic Party for president from the state of New York in one nine hundred fifty two. And since then Governor Herman has been elected by the people of the state and I think it's only natural and genuine to assume that people who have elected him governor would prefer that he be there for a vote some candidate on the way has not indicated that he is a cancer then you believe The New York State delegation will be playing shortly for I don't know I would never I wouldn't say what the New York delegation is going to do well but I want to be very honest with you folks and say that on the basis of the explanation that I just offered it's only reasonable to assume that that's what The New York delegation will be thinking do you think it's possible that some delegates in neighboring states such as education can advocate would be thinking along the same lines Well the only way Martin and I can answer that is is to say that Governor Harriman's whole background of in national and international affairs is such that he is one of the outstanding leaders in the Democratic Party and in national and international politics today he's one of the most well informed so you can believe then he'll have support in other states well only on the basis of merit and qualifications and it's on the natural research on that people and looking for a candidate will look for that type of candidate who is well very soon the problems that are going to present themselves to the pit then you don't believe Mr Stevenson for instance will be nominated on the first ballot. Ahead of the party I could not make offer or make any predictions at this particular time well if it's really too early for a hundred I voted New York state I've lost it I was I aware that he would have trouble. Well. You can't predict where the ninety six New York votes are going to go at this particular time the only actor the only A won by a very small plurality governorship do you think he would be a strong candidate nationally Well I I think the fact that the results on Election Day. Were. Small. As it is now barometer for his strength as a national figure when you take into consideration the many obstacles that the Democratic Party had a Samarian with a. Republican administration power for twelve years and with many confusing issues presenting themselves to the people of this state I think any kind of a victory mob and whether it was one vote or one hundred ten thousand is a well lined victory and there's a been one for the people well assuming that Herrmann is the. Favorite son candidate from the yard as we get along in the convention it seems to be switching who would be your second choice would Stevenson be a MAN Well it really is too early for me to anticipate I have the wisdom of foresight to anticipate what the environment will be a conventional time does if he does not get the nomination for president would you consider running for vice president with someone at another section of the country that's only a question that the governor would could answer him self I really wouldn't. Have if you I think we never discuss national politics was soaked and same with the problems that we have in the state. And many of the problems that the Republicans left behind that are still unsolved that we haven't got a chance to discuss national park do you think you'd make a good vice president of the I think he'd make a good leader in any branch of I've got them this is a floppy or even they suggested Haven't you read that later Webb might be a very good vice presidential candidate No I've never suggested that but I've indicated that we in New York are very proud to and I appreciate that our top leaders both male Wagner and Governor Harriman have been considered as potential national. Aspirants for office and we're very proud of our leaders here well as well as you brought that up if we had Governor I have been running for president and Mayor Wagner running for senator that sort of set a precedent for New York State for leaving your two top jobs wide open now out of the Rahm and stay in the barometer for our thinking would be a we'd have no hesitation. If the selection of the Herriman in Wagner would in New York and the benefit and welfare of the people of our state and country in making the sacrifice do you think Governor Harman would be acceptable to the Southern wing of the party I don't think in times of north south east or west I just think in times of Democrat welcome it's not falling down south using out as a solid south once again solid let me put it that way well since nineteen fifty two I don't think you can use any barometers the solidarity there is certainly a split party between southern states not the state as witnessed those that went over to Eisenhower Jane last president. It doesn't necessarily follow that there is a split presently on it there will be in the future and Democratic Party in fact I'm very confident that the Democratic Party will present a. Unity program as far as the presidential election is concerned than you are for welcoming back the Southern Democrats who all the time is it isn't for me to welcome anybody back it's the philosophy in the program that is offered by the Democratic Party which should be the attraction for all good Democrats to. Add here to and you would be happy to see them back and every Democrat misses us up on a point that has caused many splits within the Democratic Party the point of segregation How important will this be fifty six for the Democratic Party Well that's an iffy question also for the left because. We know that in presidential elections and or lease things are bound to come out but just how serious it will be the time to ascertain this particular time are you presently in favor of or backing representative powers methods of getting as I try to gauge legislation well. I think I answered that on Meet the Press program the other day and we don't mention the competition. Congressman Powell is we flecked in the sentiments of the people in his congressional area as Door other congressman and. I'm sure that he's reflecting the sentiments of the many other people in the state of New York right now is no specific you referring to his message would you want and I sure gave my just later that the cost of say a week a defense program I mean the his method of attaching right of big legislation on different topics. Well I'm at the at the moment door line concerned about and this may sound like an invasive answer but all I am concerned about. Considering the problems that present themselves in the various states is that. Some method. Be accomplished whereby these things can be considered in the true Light that they should be and Thousand not fashion that's the. Thinking Well speaking of possible issues with fifty six could you possibly give us several points on which the Democratic platform fifty six may take a positive stance Well as I've indicated before and I don't want to appear repetitious there are many issues which have not been fulfilled as far as the Republican platform is consigning that was Taft hotly. McCarron Waller act the faded to liberalize the. Immigration laws. A child failure on the part of the Republican ministration housing program this concern. And. We have. Our. Secretary of Health and Welfare to think about the. Future and issue. An addition to Dixon and some other similar problems that. Parent will present themselves in the near future. When you do think they fought back to a nation will rear its head again expected say well I would I would say by that that any issue that has to do with the help the welfare of the people of this nation should be an issue regardless of its partisanship do you think the McCarthyism over much of the nation. I I can't say at this particular time it's only natural like there's been a great deal of quietude on that score and we should be very grateful that the people of this country possess that wisdom which they always do in times of in a major and say to our elect a Democratic Congress in one nine hundred fifty four which deprived some of the senior Republicans from these chairmanship. That controlling the legislation and the lifeline of our country and in so doing I think we have restarts normal say and spell out. Fear of a stereotype is prevalent for a long time with the election of a Democratic Congress I think we must all admit that for the Face Time for the president and his sectors that Secretary of State dollars is what the election of a Democratic Congress. Released is kept by the senior Republicans of the Republican Party and once again the president at least had an opportunity to perform on the duties that were tantamount to the executive branch of this government or the Tapio if the Democrats do get in next year are you likely to concentrate on the national scene such as the postmaster general position. Penny The Republicans have left the state of New York in such a. State of chaos and confusion that it will be many years before we can again. Put the sixteen million people in their day in one category that they have not been here before and that the Republican movement straight. Every once in a long time if I may Bob I'd like to finish that and say that the eight million people in New York City. Have been released from being in second class. And on the government leadership we now have one state and you are not an upstate downstate. Oh you feel the York City now is getting their full share of what they should think Lobban at least a genuine and sincere attempt is being made by the governor who appreciates the problems that present themselves here in New York and you in your official duties as a newspaper man the. Growth and expansion of the city and our problems are unique and we need the kind of attention here to render to say this is a necessary to. Control a