New York's Mayor John Lindsay, a self-styled "born Republican", yesterday (Wednesday) switched allegiance to the Democratic Party -- and renewed speculation that he might run for the Presidency in the 1972 elections.
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TRANSCRIPT: Lindsay (SEQ. 2): "This morning at Gracie Mansion, Mrs. Lindsay and I enrolled in the Democratic Party. In a sense, this step recognises the failure of 20 years in progressive Republican politics. In another sense it represents the renewed decision to fight for a new national leadership. I was born into a Republican family -- Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and La Guardia were my political heroes. As a Republican, I worked for progressive goals through seven years in Congress and almost six years as Mayor, and those times when I thought my party wrong, I followed an independent course. From battle to battle, that task became more and more necessary. Today, the Republican Party has moved so far from what I perceive as necessary policies for our cities and for the country that I can no longer try to work within it. It has become clear that the Republican Party and its controlling leaders in Washington have finally abandoned the fight for a government that will respond to the needs of most of our people, and those most in need. I joined the Democratic Party today because it offered the best hope for a change in national direction and national leadership in the 1972 election.
Mr. Nixon's campaign in 1968 was supported by virtually all Republicans, including myself, mainly because he premised to stop the debilitating war and to end the divisions that were tearing us apart. Yet in Indo-China, the killing of Americans, Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians goes on, and our remaining soldiers and their families wonder what in God's name it's all about. I have no illusions about the Democratic Party, and I will work as a Democrat without abandoning my personal independence. That party, too, is far from perfect. For my part, I will start now to help build this new coalition. Whether it means I will run for President I do not know. But it does mean that I am firmly committed to take an active part in 1972 to bring about a new national leadership. I believe this country can find its way again."
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Background: New York's Mayor John Lindsay, a self-styled "born Republican", yesterday (Wednesday) switched allegiance to the Democratic Party -- and renewed speculation that he might run for the Presidency in the 1972 elections.
Lindsay, for seven years a Congressman before becoming Mayor, would not tell newsmen whether the change in party would result in his seeking the Presidency. But he did pledge to work for the defeat of the present Nixon administration. This is how he expressed his disenchantment with the Republican Party: