United Nations Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, said July 28 he?
United Nations Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, said July 28 he was "overwhelmed" at being selected to be Vice-President Richard Nixon's running partner for the Republican presidential nomination. If nominated, he expects to resign "some time in August" from his post as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Surrounded by newsmen and television cameras in the Palm Room of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Lodge was composed and genial as he handled a barrage of questions. "I feel very strange" he said, smiling," but I suppose I'll get used to it." Lodge said he considered foreign policy a crucial matter in the campaign. He said there was "enormous interest" in it among people in small towns and large from coast to coast. He had only read summaries of the Republican platform, but on that basis, considered it "very satisfactory" including the Civil Rights positions.
As for critics of administration foreign policy, he said, "If they have a complaint, the burden of proof is on them. The United States is winning in the United Nations. We've never been defeated in the U.N." Concerning his vote-getting power in comparison with Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic presidential nominee in their home state of Massachusetts, where Lodge was beaten by Kennedy in a Senate race, Lodge said, "These things are mysteries. The change every few years." He implied that the outcome now might be different.