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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1967 - HFSID 149110

RICHARD NIXON Considering a bid for the Presidential nomination in 1968, Nixon thanks a supporter for an in depth study of American policy in Vietnam. Typed Letter signed: "Richard Nixon", 1p, 6½x9¾. New York, N.Y., 1967 January 16. On personal letterhead to H.

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RICHARD NIXON
Considering a bid for the Presidential nomination in 1968, Nixon thanks a supporter for an in depth study of American policy in Vietnam.
Typed Letter signed: "Richard Nixon", 1p, 6½x9¾. New York, N.Y., 1967 January 16. On personal letterhead to H. Read McGrath, Van Nuys, California. In full: "This is just a brief note to thank you for the study in depth of American policy in Vietnam and the Far East. I appreciated your thoughts and share many of your views. I also appreciate the kind wishes for 1968 and while I have made no final decision it is good to know that, in weighting the factors involved in seeking the nomination, I have your confidence and support. With best wishes, Sincerely". Narrowly defeated for the Presidency by John F. Kennedy in 1960, Richard Nixon was counted out by the pundits after he lost a contest for Governor of California in 1962 and railed angrily at the press in a post-election press conference. By 1967, Nixon's prospects were rapidly improving as President Johnson's was undone by the Vietnam war, rising racial tensions, and other problems. The apparent frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 1968, former Michigan Governor George Romney, seriously undermined his own campaign by claiming (August 1967) that he had been "brainwashed" by the Pentagon into supporting the Vietnam war. Although he had to stave off a challenge by supporters of California Governor Ronald Reagan at the Republican convention, Nixon would win the nomination on the first ballot and proceed to a narrow general election victory over another Vice President, Hubert Humphrey. (Nixon would have won more easily except for the third party candidacy of Alabama Governor George Wallace.) To a nation deeply anguished by the continuing war in Vietnam, Nixon's foreign policy experience would prove appealing. Despite Nixon's praise in this letter, H. Read McGrath did not emerge as a foreign policy advisor to the new President. Fine condition.

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