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Unsolicited Advice to Fellow Democrats SUN DEC 2 -
The Constitution does not require that the President of the
... United States be a protestant, catholic, jew or whatever . The
~onstitution does not require that the President come from North,
~outh, East or West .
What is enough for the Consti tution ought to be enough for the
Democratic Party . I am confident that it will be enough for
the people of the United States.
The Democratic Party can select as its Presidential candi date ,
an American who is able to do this job . But we are not going to
select him, much less elect him, if we permit ourselves to be
sidetracked by peep- shows into the religion of candidates or by
idle speculation on their geographic origins . I challenge those
who raise these issues to name any potential democratic candidate
who, if nominated and elected will not act, witH~the Constitution,
for all of the American people regardless of their faith; who
will not act for all sections of the nation, from Hawaii to Maine
and from Alaska to Florida . I am convinced that the American
people know that the;y can depend on any Democrat who is likely
to be nominated to serve all the people and all sections of the
The challenge to the Democratic Party in this election year
is to nominate a candidate who can and will lead . The challenge
to the people of the nation is to elect an American who will
speak and act on their behalf in a fashion which is worthy of
them and is in accord with our finest national traditions. That
is the problem before us, that, and no other . We shall more
surely so nominate and so elect as we put aside the •ze- l!Jtlf
side- issues of religion and geographic sectionalism .
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 40, Folder 56, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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