ISSUES '72: Quarrel Over Quotas


The campaign had hardly begun when the Republicans were berating the Democrats about a curious issue, one rarely if ever raised in a presidential election. "Dividing Americans into quotas is totally alien to the American tradition," declared President Nixon. "The way to end discrimination against some is not to begin discrimination against others." Contended Vice President Spiro Agnew: "A quota system, regardless of its avowed intent, has no place in a free society." It would, he said, "Push America backward, back into the failures of a bygone era of narrow-minded prejudices...

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