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From our archives: Presidential hopefuls hit the campaign trail

What we thought: 50 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorial appeared in the Telegraph on Sept. 11, 1963.

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tours to view autumn harvest – of voters

This is going to be a piece about fall tourism and the beauties of nature in autumn.

President Kennedy is going to travel through Pennsylvania and nine Western states Sept. 25-29.

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York is visiting five states in early September prior to a swing through Europe Sept. 24-30. Mrs. Rockefeller II is going with him.

Sen. Barry Goldwater so far has accepted invitations to deliver lectures in 10 states – and there may be more later.

Any evil thoughts that there are political implications in all this should be promptly scrubbed from the mind. Because these three tourists say they are nonpolitical tours.

The remote fact that there is a presidential election in 1964 is said to be purely coincidental. September and October are simply the perfect months for vacationing.

Flying weather is perfect most days, before the fogs of November and the snows of December set in. And there’s a nip in the air that makes every patriotic public official want to get out and inspect the crops after the fall harvest. That’s all there is to it, gentle readers.

Why, President Kennedy himself says he is just going out to check up on conservation and reclamation and the recreational facilities behind power dams and government-made lakes.

The White House announcement said the president would inspect national parks, seashores, and wilderness areas. So you can see this is just a nature lover’s holiday. Anything to get out of Washington for a breath of fresh air.

Anyone who thinks that what the president would really like to conserve and reclaim are six Western states he lost in 1960 – North Dakota with four electoral votes, Montana four, Wyoming three, Utah four, Oregon six, and California 22 – is a meany.

Goldwater isn’t even a presidential candidate yet, according to him. The Draft Goldwater headquarters in Washington says it is doing nothing to promote his tour or get out the crowds. They still aren’t speaking to each other. Nature lover Goldwater is just going to inspect the grass roots.

Two of his appearances will be before Republican women – who are great gardeners – in Chicago today and San Diego Oct. 3.

Four of his appearances will be just to help the Republicans raise funds in Pennsylvania – Gov. William W. Scranton, a potential rival, invited him – Oklahoma, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Goldwater will visit JFK’s home town in Boston Oct. 16 to show how much he loves him.

In New York, Goldwater will be fall guy Sept. 17 at a Buffalo Circus Saints and Sinners affair, which is just for fun. In New York City, he will attend a Financial World dinner Oct. 31, which is strictly business. And he wouldn’t think of trying to take delegates away from Gov. Rockefeller. Or would he?

Goldwater and Rockefeller will both speak at the Western Republican Rally in Eugene, Ore., Oct. 12. They will speak at different times in different halls so nobody will get the crass idea of comparing the two men or their views.

Also, Gov. Mark Hatfield is a GOP presidential nominee possibility, and neither Rockefeller nor Goldwater want to undercut Oregon’s own favorite son. Or would they?

Rockefeller’s real interest is said to be the Republican Governors Conference in Denver Sept. 14. His other dates are Huntington, W. Va., Sept. 21, and Roanoke, Va., the next day.

Of course, there might be some real political significance to Rockefeller’s European trip. Vice President Lyndon Johnson is in Europe now, preparing the ground for his possible candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968. Rocky can’t afford to let Lyndon get ahead of him there, as the two might be rival candidates 5 years from now.

But as for 1964 – perish the naughty thought.

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