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Lasker:

Well, it's sure to be vetoed by Ford again, and we have to override the veto every year. This is a $56 billion bill -- there are numerous appropriations within it that Ford doesn't agree to -- and he's sure to veto it. You see, it includes education and welfare and he's sure to veto it, and this means that the people who want it passed all have to work to get it passed.

Q:

I see. Tell me about your activities in the background which resulted in this.

Lasker:

Well, I've lobbied the Senate side when I came back from California. In the midst of attempting to do the lobbying I found that Birch Bayh, who is one of our strongest supporters in the Senate, was threatened with a tumor on his lung and of course was going to have to have an operation. His wife and I and many of his friends were terrified that it would turn out to be a cancer, but it turned out to be benign.

Q:

Was this one reason he dropped out of the race?

Lasker:

Yes.

Q:

I hadn't realized...

Lasker:

But I think that he didn't really have the support that



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