Ask the Governor
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00082134/00013
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: April 2, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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For release Monday, April 2, 1962 *

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Farr-is"

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments received
from Florida citizens.

QUESTION: Governor, your statements of several weeks

ago that the popularity of President Kennedy has grown in Florida

has brought considerable pro and con mail to the office. One of

the questions that is asked is: "How do you view Kennedy as


GOVERNOR: Most of the favorable comment that I have

heard and most of my own favorable impressions of President Kennedy

have been derived from his conduct of our foreign affairs and of

our defense establishment. It has seemed to me that in the field

of foreign affairs, not forgetting the Cuban situation, which

everybody recognized, I think, for what it was -- not forgetting

that, nevertheless, his conduct of foreign affairs has been strong

and aggressive; has been non-apologetic and not a retreating sort of

thing as I have often felt we were engaged in in years past. Of

this I am proud, and for this I am grateful. Then, too, I think,

and it may be tied into the other impressions, the President has

moved strongly and affirmatively in the field of preparing an

adequate national defense. No longer are we running around trying
to put out fires that the Communists ignite from place to place,

but we are prepared to move with strength in any area that the need

is felt.
QUESTION: How about the relationships of the state

government with the various agencies of the federal government.

Have you been pleased with them?

GOVERNOR: Yes, I have. And this has been a rather to

me, surprising thing that as a matter of fact, the several Cabinet

officials have responded promptly and in most cases effectively to

every request that I have made. They have, in those instances

where they couldn't do what we wanted, they have at least shown

the interest and the desire and explained to me what the limitations

were that prevented them from doing so. I am grateful for their


help in the Cuban situation; in the area redevelopment problems; in

the Tampa cigar problem situation; and in several others that don't

come to my mind at the moment.

QUESTION: In the field of the Tampa cigar situation you

mentioned, do you feel that the embargo that has been placed on the

Cuban tobacco has been a proper and just thing?

GOVERNOR: Yes, I do. I don't think there is any question

but that we have to take every step that we can to curtail the

expansion of the Cuban economy.

QUESTION: Do you believe that the Kennedy Administration

has given proper recognition to the South as a region? We speak

of the United States in regions: the far West, the Northeast, the

South -- does the South as a region need recognition? Let's start


GCVT~RNO~ Well, let me say that I have not really

assessed it from that standpoint. I don't think, though, that there

is any neglect of the South in that respect. It's true that the

State of California gets a disproportionate share of defense

contracts, but this has historically been so. And I think it is

related somewhat to their pressing forward in the field of higher

education. After my conversations with President Kennedy a week or

so ago in Miami, I am confident that he is as desirous of seeing

tho rapid realization of Florida's potential as any other citizen

of Florida.

QUESTION: Governor, looking at the President from
another standpoint, what is your assessment of him as the leader of

the Democratic Party?

GOVERNOR: I have not made a firm assessment. Since he

has been in office there have not been too many political situations

arise. I would say, though, that like all Presidents he is very

much in control of the National Democratic Party. I would suspect

too, that the fences are being built for future campaigns and that

we can expect an aggressive leadership by him in the campaign of

this year.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general

interest you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program,

jot it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor," the

Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which

has made available this time in the public interest. Be with us

again next week when again we "Ask the Governor."