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There's something nice about the metaphor of the horse race, too.
Well, don't go any farther. [Laughter] There was a lot of residue in that building
that contributed to some real dicey comments in that campaign.
Nixon arrived first. And he came in through one of the driveway entrances. It was
absolutely -- worked beautifully -- because in a sense the building was made for the time
because the Secret Service and the Chicago police were concerned about the heckling and the
problems that the candidates would encounter in coming out to that part of Chicago, not out
but down to the lake front. There was a great deal of concern about the hippies and the
problems that were going to be -- or the problems that were raised by their wild participation
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So the opportunity of bringing in the candidate in -- still in a car right into the
building, didn't present any of the opportunities for the hecklers. Nixon came in and by prior
arrangement I had invited the heads of the other networks to be there for this first debate.
Leonard Goldenson was there from ABC --I'm not sure. Yes, I believe he was. Bob Sarnoff
was there from NBC. Paley was there with me. There were six or seven of us lined up as the
receiving line. Nixon came in -- he was riding in the front seat -- and there was, I believe, a
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