Politics: The Final Week

The real issues had been verbalized nigh unto death. And so, as the tensions mounted in the final week of the 1962 campaign, many candidates and their supporters turned to savage personal attack.

California's Democratic Governor Pat Brown complained: "I have been the victim of the filthiest campaigning I have seen in 20 years of public office." Cried his opponent, Republican Richard Nixon: "I am the object of the most massive campaign of fear and smear in the history of California elections."

Brown referred to pamphlets which accused him of collaborating with Communists. Democrats got court orders to stop distribution of some...

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