6A — Editorial Page — Saturday, Sept. 12, 1964
An Independent Newspaper
Kennedy Draws Big Crowds
—But Don't Count Keating Out Yet
By PAUL MILLER
There seem to be large numbers of "Republicans for Johnson." This week it became
clear that in New York State there also are
large numbers of "Democrats for Keating."
The Beatles-type receptions for Bobby
Kennedy notwithstanding, solid Sen. Ken
Keating is not out of it yet. But for hometown
Keating supporters and others, the receptions
should serve as notice that they have their
work cut out to save him.
Two statements this week added up to
"the other side" amid the demonstrations for Bobby.
One came in a letter to the editor from Neil L. Rogers, 45 Cottage St., Rochester. He
wrote in part:
"The writer has never voted for a Republican candidate for U.S. senator and has been
an enrolled Democrat for many years. This
year, however, he will be more than happy to
vote for a New Yorker, Sen. Kenneth B. Keating, who at the very least shows devotion to a principle.
"I feel certain there are many other Democrats who will so vote and further believe
that Sen. Keating will be returned to his rightful seat in the Upper House "
Also this week, playwright Gore Vidal,
Kennedy intimate and Democratic candidate
for Congress in 1960, declared from his home
near Poughkeepsie that he would help form
a statewide committee for "the election of
Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson
and Republican Sen. Keating."
Writer Vidal, who has the same stepfather as Jacqueline Kennedy, said in calling
for Keating support:
"New York State's politics are hardly
pure but at their worst they have never been
as corrupt as those of Massachusetts. Yet
Bobby has done nothing to improve matters
in his home state.
"Instead, he has come to New York and
allied himself with such old-time political
bosses as Charles Buckley of the Bronx, making it plain that he intends to rely on the sort
of corrupt political machine we thought we
had seen the last of in this state."
Even more than on the presidential campaign, street corner political conversation
centered on attempts to weigh the numbers
and enthusiasm of the Kennedy tours.
Kennedy himself conceded that there was
a heavy turnout of teen-agers. But it would be
a Keating campaign error to leave it there.
There were plenty of adults, too, in the crowds in Rochester and elsewhere.
The New York Herald Tribune reported
that the "best news" for Keating — and that
seems precious little — was a "secret state-
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Just call it a hunch. I was suspicious
because people rush TO banks, not
— Nicholas Markidis, 376 Hazelwood
Terrace, who memorized license number
resulting in capture of two men in bank holdup.
wide poll" giving Keating a 1 per cent lead
over Kennedy. The same poll gave President
Johnson a 3 to 1 lead over Sen. Barry Goldwater.
. . . Newspaper Forum
Members of the New York State Publishers Association will have an opportunity to
compare and contrast the opposing senatorial
candidates at first-hand next Tuesday.
Bobby Kennedy is to address a luncheon
at a publishers' convention, scheduled for the
Stadium View Inn on Long Island.
Sen. Ken Keating will be the dinner speaker that evening.
Some New York State newspapers which
have not actually come out against Kennedy,
such as the New York Times, have been
vigorously critical of his coming here to run.
. . . When To Declare?
Which recalls a letter from a reader who
asked why this writer had declared for Keating but had suggested it seemed "practical"
to hold off awhile as between LBJ and BG.
"Why not hold the same view for both offices," the reader asked.
The letter writer may not agree with the
logic of the following response. I hope he will accept it as sincere.
In the presidential campaign, issues are
being raised and explored by LBJ and Barry
Goldwater that need to be discussed and clarified.
In the Keating-Kennedy contest, the primary
issue is apparent and conclusive at the outset.
A man most people can agree is an outstanding New York senator is being challenged by
a newcomer who would not even have come
here had he not been turned down for something else, but who, if he can win in New
York, would have a base from which to seek the presidency.
A voter interested only in who on the
record is best qualified has, it seems to me, an
easy choice: Keating. A voter who is sympathetic to the Kennedy goal of gaining elective
office, with a possible shot at the presidency,
will of course be for Bobby. It is possible but
unlikely that anything in their campaigns will
dwarf those conflicting considerations.
Senate candidates on hustings
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