Interview with Raymond Haight
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QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

OK, explain to me your, what you think is, was your father's plan, you know, the fact that he felt that one of the candidates would end up being forced out and he would come in and pick up the pieces.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Dad's idea of winning was really a very complicated, and I've never seen it actually occur -- it occurred with LaFollette -- which was one of the reasons my father ran. It occurred with Robert LaFollette in Wisconsin, where he ran as a third-party candidate, but dad believed that if he got in, and he became a valid candidate, and he got enough votes, then it would be a problem for Merriam or Sinclair to deal with him, and he figured that one of them, that maybe if he got ahead of Merriam, that the interest behind Merriam would get Merriam to drop out, and he'd become the conservative role, or that if he, if Sinclair began to falter, that he could go to Sinclair and Sinclair would drop out, and that he could win. He really believed that this was a valid situation, but he needed one of them to eventually drop out.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, could we stop for a second?

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Yeah.

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