Blistering campaign speech with handwritten corrections by candidate Jimmy Carter

    Jimmy Carter Typed Speech with handwritten notes, two pages, 8.5" x 11" separate sheets, May 14 [1976]. This campaign speech is not signed, but has corrections and sixteen words in Carter's hand. Corrections in the document in blue ink are by Carter; corrections in black ink are by a speechwriter. In part: "In recent weeks we have seen increasing signs that our nation's foreign policy has become hostage to Republican Party politics. One recent example concerned a Soviet-American treaty to put limits on the size of underground nuclear explosions. The treaty ["had" changed to "has"] been initialed by Soviet and U.S. officials and was to have been signed yesterday at both the White House and the Kremlin. Unexpectedly, ["however" crossed out] the signing was postponed, apparently until after the Michigan primary. The meaning is clear: Mr. Ford and his political advisers ["are afraid" changed to "feared"] that public knowledge of this relatively minor arms agreement would be used by Mr. Ford's opponent to Mr. Ford's detriment in the Michigan primary. There is not one good reason in the world that Governor Reagan should hold a veto over United States foreign policy . . . I made a talk to the United Nations in which I put forth specific proposals to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. I called for self-restraint among the nuclear powers, a self-restraint based on the most basic of self-interests - survival. I believe the people of this country are crying out for leadership that puts world peace above politics as usual. I believe it is time for the Democratic party to united behind one candidate. It is time for the Democratic party to speak with one voice. By so doing, we can show this nation - and the world - that we Democrats offer united, positive, imaginative, courageous leadership, in bold contrast to the fear and indecision that now grips the Ford Administration . . ." A photocopy of articles from the May 14, 1976 edition of the New York Times about former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter's May 13th speech on nuclear policy is present. Fine condition.

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