Politics: Picnic

With seven months still left before the California Republican primary, the gubernatorial contest between Richard Nixon and Goodwin Knight had already achieved the social level of a Juke-Kallikak picnic.

Prickling both men last week was Knight's charge that a Nixon emissary had offered him any state job he wanted if he would only get out of the race (TIME, Oct. 6). Cried Nixon: "I categorically deny the charge, and I am willing to state this under oath and with my hand on the Bible." Bawled Knight: "I've taken over 500 oaths in my political career. I'll swear on a Bible...

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