National Affairs: Varieties of No & Maybe

Infinite are the varieties of yes, no and maybe that can be uttered by prospective presidential candidates. Last week brought from Prospective Candidate Harry Truman a maybe shading slightly toward a yes, and from Prospective Candidate Paul Douglas the year's solidest no.

Informed that his name will be entered in next year's Democratic primary in Minnesota by petition (the candidate's consent is not required), Truman replied to Minnesota's Democratic Senator Hubert Humphrey: "Thank you." When he was told that he will be placed in the Oregon primary by petition, he said nothing.

When Illinois' Senator Douglas was informed that petitions were being circulated...

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