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ASK THE GOVERNOR ,
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
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
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
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."