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think does very well in the state of New York: a committed Democrat
who is viewed as moderate by the city and the state and therefore
is able to win, because my analysis of the city and the state
of New York has always been that it's moderate to conservative
and they will elect Democrats who are liberal if they are perceived
as moderate liberals. I always give them that little
story about Carey -- an Irish Catholic with ten kids. Who would
ever believe that he's a liberal? And therefore the people who
vote for him include those who normally would be voting for a
conservative. That's the best kind of candidate. That's the
kind of candidate that Moynihan would make.
Did you consider his record then as county executive to
be quite exemplary?
I never really analyzed it. I'm sure it was pretty good.
And, after all, the major part of that was that he was a Democrat
who won in an overwhelmingly Republican county. At that time
Nassau County was overwhelmingly Republican. His victory was
Well, is there anything else that you'd like to add at this
point say for example to the Robert Wagner mayoralty campaign
of '61? We touched on it.
Okay. Maybe then we'll stop. It's getting late.
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