[FoRK] Fwd: [IP] Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...

Joseph S. Barrera III joe at barrera.org
Sat Sep 4 18:23:39 PDT 2004

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Subject: 	[IP] Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...
Date: 	Sat, 4 Sep 2004 20:15:43 -0400
From: 	David Farber <dave at farber.net>
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From: "Kevin G. Barkes" <kgb at kgb.com>
Date: September 4, 2004 3:02:12 PM EDT
To: "dave at farber.net" <dave at farber.net>
Subject: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...


Arnold Schwarzenegger's Blunder at the Republican Convention:
The Nixon-Humphrey Presidential Debate Never Took Place
by Michel Chossudovsky

At the Republican Convention, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he  
became a Republican after listening to a televised debate between  
Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon in 1968.

In his address, he described arriving in the United States from Austria  
and hearing Richard Nixon challenge Hubert Humphrey in a televised  
presidential debate:

"I finally arrived here in 1968.I had empty pockets, but I was full of  
dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember  
watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend who  
spoke German and English, translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying  
things that sounded like socialism which is what I had just left. But  
then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting  
government off your back, lowering taxes, and strengthening the  
military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh  

I said to my friend, "What party is he?" My friend said, "He's a  
Republican." I said, "Then I am a Republican!" And I've been a  
Republican ever since!" (complete speech at  

The records on televised presidential debates are unequivocal.  They  
started in 1960 with the famous Kennedy-Nixon debate. Nixon's  
performance in this debate was in part instrumental in his defeat and  
the election of John F. Kennedy to the White house in the November  
1960. (for a review of presidential debates since 1858 see The  
Commission on Presidential Debates at:  
http://www.debates.org/pages/history.html )

In the 1968 presidential campaign, Hubert Humphrey and Ed Muskie ran  
against Richard Nixon and Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew. Richard Nixon  
did not want to repeat his 1960 experience with JFK. He refused to  
debate his Democratic opponent Hubert Humphrey. (See Providence  
Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island), October 3, 2000)

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