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I Don’t Have To Answer That

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This timely episode about womanizing and politics, on Senator Gary Hart, on Radiolab:

I Don’t Have To Answer That

I Don’t Have To Answer That (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Getty) Roosevelt, Kennedy, Eisenhower … they all got a pass. But today we peer back at the moment when poking into the private lives of political figures became standard practice. In 1987, Gary Hart was a young charismatic Democrat, poised to win his party’s nomination and possibly the presidency.

TRANSCRIPT OF HART STATEMENT WITHDRAWING HIS CANDIDACY
Published: May 9, 1987

TRANSCRIPT OF HART STATEMENT WITHDRAWING HIS CANDIDACY

Following is a transcript of Gary Hart’s statement in Denver yesterday withdrawing his candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination, as recorded by The New York Times: I apologize for being late. There was a little traffic coming down Bear Creek Canyon this morning.

“Politics in this country – take it from me – is on the verge of becoming another form of athletic competition or sporting match. We all better do something to make this system work or we’re all going to be soon rephrasing Jefferson to say: I tremble for my country when I think we may, in fact, get the kind of leaders we deserve.”
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