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I told you I would tell you some stories about Bella
Abzug. But before I do that. I would like to tell a story
Now we're talking about Eugene McCarthy.
Eugene McCarthy. It was in '68 when I was running. And
you may remember I told you I had gone to see Senator Kennedy
and told him about the fact that I was going to run and he was
very supportive and I told him at that time that I thought
he should run for President and he said, no, he was not
going to run because he wanted to be in the position of being
able to criticize President Johnson on the war and he thought
that if he criticized and was running for President, that that
would diminish the nature of his criticism. It wouldn't be
considered in the same light, and so he had no intention of
running. I said I really was sorry about that, “but I want you
to know that I'm for you.” That was the way we left it.
Now, in my district -- at that time the 17th -- the support
was for Gene McCarthy (anti-war) and there wasn't any competition.
I really never liked Gene McCarthy. I always thóught of him as
somewhat removed. I just didn't like him. I think I've indicated
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