Interview with Raymond Haight
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QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

And why did he go out, why did he attack—

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INTERVIEWER:

OK.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

My dad really felt that Frank Merriam was not only not the answer, but the corporate interests were not the answer to the Depression, to unemployment, to getting the country going again [coughs], and he knew the man so well, that it was almost his total goal to defeat Merriam any way he could. He said to Sinclair, in Sinclair's book, at least, he said to Sinclair—

INTERVIEWER:

I don't want you to tell me it's in his book.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Sorry. He said to Sinclair that he didn't care which one of them won, but that he wanted one of them to beat Merriam.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, I want you to start that again.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Right.

INTERVIEWER:

By saying, you were saying—

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RAYMOND HAIGHT:

My father—

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RAYMOND HAIGHT:

My father—start over—my father really wanted Merriam to lose. He wanted either Upton Sinclair or himself to win the election. He promised Sinclair he would never attack him, but he said to Sinclair, and during his entire campaign he attacked Merriam. He attacked Merriam because he believed that he was a, as I've said before, no, he attacked Merriam because he was, he felt he was a Charlie McCarthy of the corporate interests, he felt that the corporate interests would do the same things, that they would not attack the Depression, that they were responsible for the Depression. He felt that there had to be the use of government somewhere in the process.