Interview with Raymond Haight
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QUESTION 24
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[production discussion]

INTERVIEWER:

—California. Tell me about it. OK, wait, wait, wait...OK, go.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

My father believed that he could win the nomination and get into the finals, if he created his own party. So, he created the Commonwealth Party—

INTERVIEWER:

I'm going to ask you to start again.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

OK.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, that your father ran for governor, ran, ran in the primary on the Republican ticket, didn't win, and then created his own party.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

OK. But you did have to, to be very exact, both these things were done—

INTERVIEWER:

—were happening simultaneously?

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

Simultaneously, you don't run for one and then win the other, in the primaries, all these things happen at the same time.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, so he really was, like, guaranteeing his candidacy by—

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

He was guaranteeing, exactly, he was guaranteeing, and that's a good word too.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, so let's hear it.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

All right. Ready?

INTERVIEWER:

Mmm.

RAYMOND HAIGHT:

My father guaranteed that he could get in the run-offs in November by creating his own party, the Commonwealth Party, but he also ran in the Republican Party, against Merriam. He knew his chances of beating Merriam were very slim. He did pull 85,000 votes, and he lost, but because he had created his own party, and was, he became the nominee of the Commonwealth Party, and therefore got on the ballot for the finals in November.