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lose, as I thought he would, that I would not support him on the Liberal party line, because he would still be in the race but that I would be supporting the Democratic candidate and would pick one of the top two for the second primary race that would be run. Remember we changed the law so that we have a runoff in the event that you don't have a majority in the first primary for mayor. That was the first time we ever had that -- a very good law.

In any event, he said, “Okay,” he understood that. So the first thing he asked me to do was take him for a walk in my district, and I said, “Fine. I will take you to Central Park and 59th Street and we'll walk up through Central Park, into the zoo and in that area there. That's where the people come on a Sunday to sit in the sun, and they're all residents. I had been there many many times, and they know me. And I had been there when I was running for mayor about two weeks before this or let's say three weeks before I was going to take him. I was still running at the time I went there, and as I walked up Central Park, people would come over and say, Oh, Ed or “Mr, Koch, you're our man. We're with you. You'd make a wonderful mayor.” They couldn't have been more laudatory. “You're the one.” That's the one I remember very well because that was over and over again. “You're the one. You're our man.” Well, that makes you feel terrific.

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