National Affairs: A Negro in the Cabinet

At a political rally in Harlem, Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Henry Cabot Lodge told an audience that he "offered as a pledge" his promise that Dick Nixon's Cabinet would contain at least one Negro. Asked if he had discussed his speech with Nixon, Candidate Lodge managed to get Candidate Nixon off the hook by saying: "I am sure that Mr. Nixon will tell you that his Cabinet will be selected without regard to color or creed." Asked what he thought about Lodge's "pledge," Nixon said just that. As Lodge headed South on a campaign swing, he ran into angry questions from...

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