Carmine DeSapio

Sunday, June 17, 1956

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

DeSapio, Secretary of State, answers questions.

Moderated by Marvin Sleeper.

Panelists: Larry Barrett, Bruno Wassathiel, Penny Fox


Health question of any of the Presidential candidates will be an issue, considering that only a heartbeat separates the VP from the presidency.

Since 1952, the Eisenhower administration has been characterized by indecision and lack of performance and accomplishments. Since the President's illness, we have had a government by regency and secrecy.

Harriman has indicated his position on civil rights clearly: there can be no compromise. Democratic leaders in the South will reflect on the many problems and by convention time will have solved those problems. There was no walk out of any consequence in 1952, and that year had a stronger civil rights platform than in 1948.

Harriman and Stevenson are both qualified for the nomination. Harriman's acknowledged reputation in national and international affairs is of the highest, and that speaks for itself. His experience in government in every level and participation in assignments on every level has singled him out as one of the most experienced men in government. It's difficult to find a substitute for experience.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72284
Municipal archives id: LT7072


Lawrence Barrett, Carmine G. DeSapio, Penny Fox, Marvin Sleeper and Bruno Wassathiel


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