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Lindsay, Republican nominee for Congress of 17th Congressional district, answers questions about the silk stocking district (the 17th).
Marvin Sleeper moderates.
Panelists: Jim Farrell, Stan Siegel, and Peter Franklin.
The 17th Congressional district will not vote Democratic this year.
When he announced his candidacy for the district, the incumbent dropped out of the race.
Influence of Eisenhower on today's Republican politicians.
He is close friends with his opponents, which doesn't have to be part of the race. If the Republican Party is going to build its strength in the Congressional district, a new approach is essential.
The line between Eisenhower Republican and Republican is fine, but he certainly considers himself an Eisenhower man. The only criticism he has of the administration is there is sometimes a lack of follow through.
Civil liberties, foreign policy and recession cures: He has formally registered his discontent with the General Butler bill. It is designed to clip the wings of the Supreme Court in certain areas of conflict. It's a shame that Democrats and some Republicans had gotten together in favor of that legislation. Judiciary must maintain its integrity as the last stronghold of civil liberties and rights. Every case involves an individual and a problem with him. In each case, it comes down to due process of law.
Supports Secretary Anderson whole-heartedly, specifically extension of unemployment benefits and acceleration of certain necessary Federal projects. Resisted the use of tax cuts to avoid a future deficit. A deficit as such is not bad inherently; households aren't run entirely on a balanced budget. Our commitments abroad and for defense are substantial, so it is incumbent upon us to think twice before taking such a drastic step. Rockefeller report merits serious study, and we should investigate our tax laws.
Eisenhower foreign aid program was a balanced and carefully thought out piece of legislation. Mutual aid is the best investment that we can make. Eisenhower correctly points out that a substantial portion is returned to us. It is a must program.
There is no reason for Republicans to start lying down.
Upwards of 200 people circulating petitions for him to get on the ballot. His supporters are professional people in the community. No leadership support at the time of his candidacy announcement.
Adam Clayton Powell is a long standing Democrat. The Republican Party should not be so cynical as to have to reach out to the opposition party, particularly when the two party system must be upheld in this city. Powell had made an issue out of racism, for which he was criticized by the NAACP.
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Will a stock stocking district remain Republican What are the issues of the Republican primary do you still classify yourself as an Eisenhower Republican for the answers to these and other questions listen now to your city stations campus press conference each week at this time in this transcribed discussion editors of college newspapers question or news where they first anality Marvin sleeper award winning reporter and columnist for The New York Journal American is the moderator of the series now to introduce the panel and tonight's guest here is Mr sleeper Good evening and welcome to another edition of campus press conference our guest tonight is Mr John V. Lindsay Mr Lindsey has tossed his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination for Congressman in the seventeenth Congressional District thoughts the silk stocking district where the regular G.O.P. organization has designated Elliott Goodwin as the candidate in the august primaries list Lindsey has never held elective office but he's done a lot of behind the scenes work for his party he's one of the eleven founders of the youth for Eisenhower movement he's been the president of the New York Republican club and since one nine hundred forty eight has participated in local state and federal campaigns has also served as executive assistant to the attorney general program well for two years Mr Lindsey is here to be questioned by campus press conference reporters Jim foul of the Florida lexigram stand Siegel of the N.Y.U. square Journal and Peter Franklin of the C.C.N.Y. observation post and what about the first question from you Stan SIEGEL Do you think Mr learns the silk stocking district the seventeenth Congressional District will turn democratic in the coming year. Definitely do not in my judgment the Republican Party will take the congressional district and the congressional nominate for Congress. The. Democratic nominee by a substantial margin. In the light of Democrat Tony Akers victory in the landslide of two years ago what is your basis for such a statement I believe that. Strong candidate running in the seventeenth Congressional District on the Republican side of the line. With an aggressive campaign. With outspoken on the issues. That we have not Republican ranks for some time. That there's no question but that the Republican Party in the Republican candidate will win. The main issues that are at stake. I'm not sure whether you mean at stake in the primary. In the primary and. That requires a few minutes. Candidacy for the Republican nomination on April seventeenth which was approximately a little over one month prior to the time that they Republican. Announced that he would not stand for re-election in the fifty eight campaign when I made that announcement supported as I was by friends and supporters who are professional men and businessmen in the community. Long standing supporters of the Republican Party in the community it was clear to me that it was not. Decisively. That I would end of the primaries against Mr Coote there. It was apparent to me and I should think. That I would finish it and must finish it I not only was declaring against the sitting congressman but I was declaring against a man at the same time a Republican leader in the district why in the first place to declare. A personal friend of mine and I have a high personal regard for him I state that at the outset I do have political differences with them both in respect of what I conceive to be his political philosophy and his conception of the role of government and I also have differences with him. As a result of a decline in the Republican vote in the congressional district to such an extent that in my judgment if he had stood for re-election in one thousand nine hundred fifty eight the chances of that appeared likely. To finish the question that was asked as to what are the issues that seem to me and my support is vital that if the Republican Party was to hold a district within its ranks it must present an entirely new approach in the seventeen congressional districts. Approach with that. That would be an approach which declared itself. Support of. Not only the Eisenhower administration but everything that. Worked in support of Eisenhower in one thousand nine hundred fifty two conceived to be the direction that the party should be taken in its philosophy and in its political leadership that direction has not been that direction and that leadership has not been supplied in the seventeenth Congressional District in the past years by the political leaders in the district. And for that reason my announcement as a candidate against a sitting congressman also registered a protest against the status quo in our own party within the Congressional District Jim found well so do you think the rank and file Republican in the seventeen congressional district buys the current Eisenhower policy I do you do think than admit the good air does not accurately represent his own rank and file I say yes to that also a lesser You said you don't you challenge him not only as a congressman but you are also challenging a person who happens to be a leader do you have a choice for district leader in the ninth Assembly District No I think you misunderstood my answer all I was saying that in making my announcement that I would end of the primaries against Mr Could there as the holder of the congressional seat I incidentally automatically whether I wanted to or not at the same time at the same time was challenging a man who also was a political leader within the district when his leader and I've and I realized of course at that moment that the risks were large in doing such and that my chances of being the organisation that the proper word nominate there are rather best Carnes as to could there's nominee or substantially damaged by that action now that is a byproduct of the reason not the reason but a byproduct of it well now that you have challenged this leader and its leader has chosen a quote regular candidate unquote Do you intend to win this leadership question itself comes up in a future campaign to propose a an opposition candidate No that is not the issue that I'm faced with I'm running for Congress and that's it but what about your opposition in the primary with the goodman what have you got against him. Nothing. As a longstanding friend of mine and. We are close personal friends. I have nothing against him this primary fight. Conducted by me. Without Mr Goodwin or without without Mr Goodwin's name even being mentioned by me in my judgment the reason that I am in this race is not because I have just chosen to enter the contest against another man it is because. I believe that if the Republican Party is going to build its strength in the congressional district it is essential. That a new approach be given to the Republican Party and I think that my announcement entering the primaries against Mr Coote. Carried with it an implication that of course I would continue the primary fight against the person who would receive the mantle from Vesta could there be a descendant of. Existing systems do you believe Mr Goodwin is that. I can't answer that question because I don't know I don't know I have debated the issues with Mr Goodwin. And I look forward to an opportunity to do so at least a good personal friend to know what is the political principles are I do not know what his political principles are I do I have seen that he has stated he has stated that he supports the Eisenhower administration and is an Eisenhower man that I accept. Do you know of any major issues where you differ with Mr Goodman I can answer that because I don't I do not know what his position is on major issues. Mr Lindsey Sir would you classify yourself as an Eisenhower Republican that's a tough question to answer because it's just as difficult a question is is what is a liberal and what is a conservative. The lines are so fine that it seems to have any meaning. You must a talk really in terms of specific issues. If I have to answer the question I would say certainly yes if it's necessary to find categories of political thinking I would say that I was in the Eisenhower camp otherwise I would not been. One of the many many leaders in the forefront to make sure that Eisenhower was a candidate in one thousand nine hundred to. Have you become disenchanted with any of the Eisenhower policies since you got behind him back in ninety two no the only. Criticism or one of the criticisms that I do have of the administration. And I don't think you can really call it a criticism and say. It's really more of a. Difference in. Final throw and approach. They have been times I have noticed and I noticed this in Washington also. A proposal or a program was advanced by the executive branch of the government to the Congress for example there was a failure to follow through vigorously to see to it that the policy or program proposed legislation was enacted that is not that is not the fault of missed Eisenhower. It is the fault. MAHER of a Republican congressman and senators who should have been taking the stump and founding the pavements on behalf of legislation which. In name that they supported. Generally the Eisenhower program has got to be fought for particularly when you've got a Congress which is dominated not only by the Democratic Party but of which the key committees are controlled by conservative Democrats from the south and if any administration including the Eisenhower administration is going to carry its message and get it through it's got to fight for it Jim found well sir in order to make the issues a bit more defined it might be advisable if we divide that we treat three basic divisions at least in your district among the rank and file Republicans regarding the three issues of civil liberties foreign policy and recession curious exactly on the civil liberties line radios down on the General Butler Bill. I wrote a letter not long ago to the New York Times which the Times published in which I criticized and registered my disappointment and regret at the portion of the portions of the general but the bill which were recently reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That they all in substance in a nutshell. Is designed to flip the wings of to cut the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of the United States in certain areas of conflict specifically a contempt before the Congress. Certain areas of sedition. Federal government loyally Security employee cases and admissions to the bar. And I stated in that letter that I thought it was a shame that Democrats seventy Democrats and some members of my own party in the Senate had combined together to report out that legislation I'm against the legislation on the grounds that they third branch of our government under the Constitution the judiciary has got to maintain its integrity it's the last stronghold of personal liberties and rights. And to cut down its jurisdiction or to eliminate its jurisdiction in certain areas because there are disagreements with a particular opinion or a case to me would be a tragic mistake. I say that in spite of the fact that one of the cases in the sedition field which was the subject of some of this legislation that was proposed. I argued before the Supreme Court of the United States for the government and last if I did not agree with the opinion because I thought it was too broad but that's no excuse for sweeping legislation which would cut out the Supreme Court from its entire jurisdictional powers Jim found again sir do you think then that this current wave of criticism that's popular among the rank and file is in the seventeenth Congressional District the other in one area of my Republicans is unwarranted. Current wave of criticism for it against the court. Well I don't I think everyone is entitled to. A complaint if they do not agree with what the court has done in specific cases the court cannot be totally protected from legitimate criticism. That is not to say however at the same time. That it is warranted to suggest. That this Supreme Court of the United States be limited in areas where personal rights are concerned don't forget that every case that you're thinking about at this moment involves an individual and involves an individual personal problem with him no matter how many how much you may think that he was wrong in his specific conduct or so forth he still claims that he stood in that is rights under the fourteenth or Fifth Amendments were violated in each case it comes down to a question of due process of law or any one of us could be in the same position was in the movement of the second of these three divisions that I drew what are your cures for the current recession here I support secretary Anderson wholeheartedly I think that he has shown restraint and courage in his approach to the economic dip the temporary measures that he has taken. Specifically extension of unemployment compensation and acceleration of certain necessary and highly desirable federal projects and so forth. Have had I think a sound effect he has resisted the use of across the board tax cut for various reasons among others that with the measures that have now already been taken it appears that in fiscal one nine hundred fifty nine we should have a deficit of between eight and nine billion dollars. An across the board tax cut to have real effect it appears would add another six or seven billion dollars to that system nine deficit. Now that is not to say that I hold any rigid view that a deficit as such is bad inherently even the average household does not run entirely on a balanced budget and it is not a cardinal sin to violate the balanced budget rule but on the other hand with our commitments abroad substantial as they are and our commitments for defense is substantial as they are I do think that it is incumbent upon us and this is where sectarianism and the president have been strong to sink twice before taking such a drastic step in the long run I don't think that they suggestions of the Rockefeller report merit serious study and that we should examine our tax laws to see whether or not in the future more flexibility cannot be achieved to control ways in the economy will finally sir do you stand on the expansion or Cattelan of foreign aid you mention these responsibilities abroad this is a big issue in your district centralizing How is foreign aid program the Eisenhower foreign aid mutual aid legislative program began with an appropriation of three point nine billion dollars To me it was a balanced and carefully thought out piece of legislation. Divided is it was between defense measures hardware and so forth and economic aid and assistance in my judgment and belief mutual aid is the best investment that make that that we can make Eisenhower has pointed out correctly. That a substantial portion