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Presidential election and every two years. I'll give you a list of some of the people
How did you determine, Mrs. Lasker?
Well, often they were people who were involved in health legislation and sometimes
they were just liberal candidates that I thought might have a chance if they had a
little support and wouldn't have any chance if they didn't. Very small amounts of
support, say, in Maine or Idaho mean a tremendous amount to liberal Democratic
candidates. Once Roger Stevens and I supported Senator Muskie because we thought he'd
be a good candidate, and he was better than a Republican, and I think we gave him
$8,000 which was probably more than 50 percent of his whole campaign fund, just
because we wanted to see Democratic votes in the Senate.
Well, with a newcomer to the national scene, I mean a man running for the first time
for the House, say, did you make some effort to discover whether in the state
legislature or wherever he had been...
Oh, yes, I knew people that knew people's records, many people. By this time I really
knew everybody who knew who was who every place, including groups who made it their
business to find out about candidates, including the ADA and the Committee for an
Effective Congress. But I also knew politicians and governors in most states, fewer
governors but certainly politicians in the most
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