Interview with Seth Taft
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

Now, the third debate, uh, at the Sheraton Cleveland. I think that's the one that--

SETH TAFT:

That's called the City Club debate. We have a, a club here that puts on debates between candidates. It's sort of the last final debate, uh, generally, traditionally among major, in any major campaign. It's usually the Saturday before election or maybe one Saturday before that. Ah, and this was obviously a, uh, by this time this was the hottest subject in town.

INTERVIEWER:

And so what happened there that night?

SETH TAFT:

Well it was, it, it went very routinely. Um, uh, 'cause we'd made lots of appearances besides, uh, those two debates didn't really prove much one way or the other as far as I could tell. But right at the very end, really, actually, it was actu--after the time we were supposed to go off the air, he pulled out a letter that I'd written him back in June. M-meanwhile I had, I had made, gotten charts up there about how, how much he'd been absent during the session of the legislature that, uh, preceding spring. And he pulled out this letter I had written him in June saying, "Dear Carl; you've done a great job down in Columbus. Keep it up." So it sort of, sort of punched a hole in my comment about his sixty percent of, uh, peer-ed[SIC] elaborate charts as to how he'd been, uh, not attending, uh, regularly at the sessions of legislature. He was a member of the legislature at the time. And, uh, so that letter was sort of that, my manager said, "Did you write that letter?" I said, "Yeah, I guess I did."

INTERVIEWER:

Briefly--

SETH TAFT:

That's the only thing I really remember about that debate except it's a great big, uh, public hall where it was going on.