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Well, those are the major ones.
In 1959 Stevenson's position became very hard for the public to understand. As you
know, Kennedy was already running energetically and campaigning really and spending a
great deal of his time away from the Senate. People were asking Stevenson constantly
whether or not he would run, and he was constantly giving answers that were difficult
to understand in contrast to the answer he made down in '63 about the Vice
That was very clear.
Yes. His attitude was really too complicated for people to understand. He said he
felt that other people should have their chance and that he would be available but he
was not a candidate. Well, this kind of talk people really didn't get.
What was his real conviction at that point? Do you know?
I think that he was at that point undecided, that he partly thought that he might not
have a chance, that he partly hoped he would have a chance and be nominated in spite
of everything. He was ambivalent, truly, about the matter, I think. He probably would
give an entirely different account of what he felt, but it was confusing to most
people, including people close to him.
Early in '60 he made a trip to South America and returned from this trip to make some
speeches in April that made him sound
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