Henry “Scoop” Jackson for President 1972 Campaign Brochure
‘This man can help America find itself’
All over this country people have been searching for a leader who hasn't lost his common sense. Here he is. Senator Henry M. Jackson. The one Democrat who's different.
Henry M. Jackson
Remember Harry Truman. He was an honest, forthright man. So is Senator Jackson. As the British correspondent for the London Express said recently: "Jackson is not a man who slithers." He calls them as he sees them. A former prosecutor, he's tough on law and order but insists on equal justice for all races. A celebrated conservationist, Jackson doesn't believe we have to shoot down the economy to achieve a clean environment. A firm, no-nonsense man in foreign affairs, Jackson will not buy the idea that the best path to peace lies in weakening our defenses. Listen to Senator Jackson talking sense to the American people. See if you agree with many that Jackson would make a great President.
"I don't agree with people who say that America is sick. America isn't sick. This is a great country."
David Frost Show, September 23, 1971
Jackson isn't a doomsday man. He has faith in the people and the system. He wants to make it work.
"I am weary of listening to those who scorn this nation," says Jackson.
"Most Americans -- whether black, white or brown -- are hard-working wage-earners struggling to make ends meet, to get their kids through school, to acquire a decent home in a decent neighborhood, to clothe their families, to be respected as decent citizens, and to live out their lives with a measure of dignity that everywhere seems more difficult to attain these days."
That's pure Jackson.
"Five and a half million Americans six percent of the labor force are out of work...we have 25 million people living at the poverty level...a quarter of our productive capacity is idle...what a waste...what a disgrace that in the richest country in the world we are not using our vast technology to meet the needs of the people."
New York State AFL-CIO Convention
New York City, August 10, 1971
Jackson is an economic activist. He called for wage-price controls two years before the White House took action.
He thinks that President Nixon's program is too timid. It won't deliver jobs fast enough. It won't put enough money in the hands of consumers. It won't get the economy off its back and moving.
"We've had enough waiting," says Jackson.
"For the first time in 35 years we have healthy employable men and women of all ages standing in food lines in American cities.
"For the first time in 75 years imports exceed exports. The dollar is shaky and foreign competitors are stealing our markets.
"We have the biggest U. S. budget deficit since World War II.
"Isn't it about time we changed the management of this country?"
Jackson sums it up:
"I want to get people back to work and I want to make America work again."
"We all want to put the brakes on the arms race...we all want to achieve arms control...but to those who say we must take risks for peace by cutting the meat from our military muscle, I say you are unwittingly risking war."
San Diego California, May 20,1971
Jackson lays it on the line: "I'm not a hawk and I'm not a dove. I just don't want my country to
be a pigeon."
He believes weakness invites trouble. We should negotiate for peace but negotiate from strength.
He wants to bring the troops home from Vietnam as soon as possible, but he wants to give the President of the United States a chance to do that in a responsible manner.
He opposes unilateral disarmament but strongly supports the SALT talks.
Jackson says he "would like nothing better than to pour concrete in some of those missile sites in Montana" if we can get the Soviet Union to do the same thing at the same time.
"Any fool can bring about clean air by shutting down the economy and going fishing. It's fine for people who have made it to say we won't have any more economic growth. How about the poor, the unemployed, the underfed, the kids that are going hungry? What about the youngsters coming out of school who can't find a job? We have an obligation to them. I say we must have both -- a clean environment and a healthy economy."
Look Magazine September 21,1971
Make no mistake about Jackson's credentials as an environmentalist. He's the most decorated man in Congress when it comes to conservationist awards.
He wrote the historic law that requires federal agencies to answer to the environmental consequences of every project they undertake -- whether that project be a highway, a dam, a bridge, a waterway, or a nuclear power plant.
As chairman of the Senate Interior Committee, he helped carve out 13 million new acres of national parks, wilderness and recreational areas.
He's also the author of the Youth Conservation Corps that gives city youths summer jobs in our forests and parks.
But Jackson refuses to make a choice between environment and a healthy economy. He puts his faith in American science and technology.
"Any country that has sent 12 men to the moon can have both," says Jackson.
Jackson can win…
He's never lost an election.
He's won 11 straight times. First as a country prosecutor at age 26...followed by six terms in the U. S. House of Representatives.
He was elected to the Senate in 1952. He was re-elected in 1964 by a margin of 538,000 votes -- a new record for the State of Washington.
Then, in 1970, he won by the astounding margin of 709,000 votes -- an 83.9% majority -- to lead the nation in all two-party races for Senate or Governor.
…you can trust Jackson
He always tells you where he stands.
He's a quiet, studious, hard-working man. He puts in 18-hour days. But once he's made up his mind, he fights for what he believes.
President Kennedy was a great admirer of Senator Jackson. He picked Jackson as his national chairman in 1960.
Six United States presidents have trusted Jackson. They've confided in him. They've asked his counsel. Because they've all respected his independent judgment, his soundness, his coolness under fire.
Jackson combines a lot of the best in America. And today America needs his brand of common sense.
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