Speaking at a Republican rally in Philadelphia, Oct 28, President Eisenhower came out strongly in favour of Vice-President Nixon in the American Presidential campaign.
He said "You are the American people kept inflation down, balanced the budget four times with another one on the way. You did these things and a multitude of others all with a reduction of a quarter of a million in governmental positions. Never had Americans achieved so much in so short a time. Now in glib political oratory we have heard of this progress as standing still. Now if the great things you have done are standing still then I say America needs more of it. Because I know what we must face. Because I feel so earnest because your choice will have far reaching effects, possibly for decades, I trust you will think it fit that I share with you my deep personal convictions on this matter. There are four key qualities by which I believe America would like to measure the candidates in this election. They are: character, ability, responsibility, experience. From eight years of intimate association I know Richard Nixon has these qualities and will use them, and I know he will use these qualities wisely and decisively. And so will Cabot Lodge."
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Background: Speaking at a Republican rally in Philadelphia, Oct 28, President Eisenhower came out strongly in favour of Vice-President Nixon in the American Presidential campaign. An audience of several thousand frequently interrupted the President with bursts of applause, in a speech in which he continually insisted that the American image abroad is as high as ever.
Although the President made no mention of names it was clear that his remarks were directed at the Democratic candidate. President Eisenhower has for several days been on what the White House has called "a non-political tour" of the United States.