THE CAMPAIGN: Battle over Benson

Whatever else they may differ about, Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator Jack Kennedy agree that U.S. farmers have big crop problems—and a big crop of votes. So far, neither candidate has offered any convincing solution for farmers' problems, but both have eagerly set about trying to harvest the votes.

Vividly aware that many angry Midwestern farmers blame Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson for the 30% shrinkage in farm income during the past eight years, Richard Nixon is bent on plowing Benson under. Nixon got an assist from Benson himself, who before the Republican Convention announced his preference...

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