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Wheeling News-Register
April 21, 1960

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Humphrey Is Ready For Kennedy Debate

Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey is willing to fit his schedule to Sen. John F. Kennedy’s in order to debate with Kennedy anywhere in West Virginia, a Humphrey spokesman said today in Wheeling. Eugene P. Foley, campaign coordinator for Humphrey in northern West Virginia, issued the statement in announcing that Humphrey-for-President headquarters will be in the Windsor Hotel.

Humphrey is expected to be in Wheeling, May 5, five days before the May 10 primary here.

Humphrey is willing to change his schedule for the debate providing that he can get out of any firm commitments made on the date Kennedy may choose, Foley said.

Kennedy of Massachusetts and Humphrey of Minnesota are both vying for the Democratic nomination for president.

The Massachusetts senator in Wheeling Tuesday, said that he accepted a challenge by Humphrey to meet in a debate on issues involved in the campaign.

Backers of Kennedy have proposed a 30-minute TV-radio hookup for his political debate with Humphrey.

Matt Reese, executive secretary of the West Virginians for Kennedy, telegraphed Robert Barrie, executive director of the Humphrey for president committee, urging that arrangements by made so that the largest possible number of West Virginians could hear the debate.

“We, therefore, wish to arrange 30 minutes time with the co-operation of radio and television stations for this purpose,” Reese said. “The time and date will be mutually satisfactory. We would be agreeable to a moderator acceptable to both sides.”

Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota will be in Wheeling Monday to speak in behalf of Humphrey, according to Foley, who said that Mrs. Humphrey and other speakers will also appear here.


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