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Nixon Orders Supporters to Avoid ‘religious Issue’ in Campaign

Vice President Nixon’s headquarters today issued instructions to “all persons connected” with the Republican Presidential campaign to keep the “religious issue” completely out of the campaign. The instructions were signed by Leonard W. Hall, general chairman, and Robert H. Finch, director of the Nixon campaign.

The order, which was sent to all local campaign workers from coast to coast, emphasized that Mr. Nixon insists that his supporters give “the most careful and specific adherence” to the following directive:

“1. No person or organization conditioning their support on religious grounds will be recognized in this campaign.

“2. There shall be no discussion of the religious issue in any literature by any volunteer group or party organization supporting the Vice President and no literature of this kind from any source should be made available at campaign headquarters or otherwise distributed.

“3. Staff and volunteer workers should avoid discussing the ‘religious issue’ either informally or casually since this might be construed as some kind of deliberate campaign.”

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