January 31, 1968
To the Citizens of New Hampshire:
I hardly need to remind you of the importance of the New Hampshire Presidential
primary -- both to the candidates and to the country. This importance stems from
more than the fact of its being first. It stems also from the spirit in which
New Hampshire's voters approach the election, keenly aware of their special
responsibility, of the broad influence of their votes.
In 1968, your responsibility is greater than ever. The nation is in grave
difficulties, around the world and here at home. The choices we face
are larger than any differences among Republicans or among Democrats, larger
even than the differences between the parties. They are beyond politics. Peace
and freedom in the world, and peace and progress here at home, will depend on
the decisions of the next President of the United States.
For these critical years, America needs new leadership.
During fourteen years in Washington, I learned the awesome nature of the great
decisions a President faces. During the past eight years I have had a chance to
reflect on the lessons of public office, to measure the nation's tasks and its
problems from a fresh perspective. I have sought to apply those lessons to the
needs of the present, and to the entire sweep of this final third of the 20th
And I believe I have found some answers.
I have decided, therefore, to enter the Republican Presidential primary in New
I will try to meet as many of you as I can -- Republicans, Democrats and
Independents, those who will vote in March and those who will vote in November.
I will invite your comments. I will answer your questions. I will discuss with
you my own vision of America's future, and I will ask for yours.
I have visited New Hampshire often -- as a candidate, as a public official, and
as a private citizen. I appreciate the many courtesies you have paid me. I am
deeply grateful for your support in past elections. But in asking your support
now, I ask it not on the basis of old friendships. We have entered a new age.
And I ask you to join me in helping make this an age of greatness for our people
and for our nation.
Source: 'Richard M. Nixon Letter to the Citizens of New Hampshire'
Courtesy: Richard Nixon
Presidential Library and Museum