General Eisenhower parries questions about his standing as Republican Presidential candidate.
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LS.General Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower, ex-President of Columbia University and Commander-in-Chief Western Armies, addressing reporters. MS. Line of reporters writing. Pan to Eisenhower CU. Side view Eisenhower speaking LS. Eisenhower replying to question about Senator Duff (nat. snd.). " I talked to him on the telephone I think you know Senator Duff is a good friend of mine and quite naturally there are one or two subjects of slight interest to us which we like to talk over."
LS. Reporters and Eisenhower. MS. Eisenhower replying to President question. 'No he didn't talk to me about that one on the telephone - ha ha - I didn't know that it had reached the proportion that you called a boom. Now if I have friends that have been my friends for so long that believe they know how I would act and react under given situations, that's their own business and I have never attempted to interfere in any man in exercising his own privilege as an American citizen but no one after all would need to speak for me in any case where I should speak for myself. I am supposed to be working for the people of the United States and I do not ask each one of you. I recognise your responsibility to the press, I don't ask each one you, are you a Republican or Democrat. And I might even have some interest in it, you know, you know, particularly if I had any aspiration."
LS. Eisenhower boarding 'plane for Paris.