The last time Russia tried to help an American presidential candidate...

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The last time Russia tried to help an American presidential candidate...

Post by Idéfix on Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:43 pm

... they tried to help the Democrat Hubert Humphrey in his race against Republican Richard Nixon. The Democrat demurred saying their "good wishes" were "more than enough." Incidentally, it later came out that the Republican in the same election colluded with a different foreign power (South Vietnam) to prolong a war to help him win an election; as a result several thousand American soldiers died needlessly. wrote:In 1968, Moscow feared that the staunchly anti-communist Richard M. Nixon would be elected. To forestall that, the Kremlin decided to reach out to Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Hubert H. Humphrey. As Anatoly Dobrynin, the Soviet ambassador to the United States from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, revealed in his memoir, “In Confidence,” two decades ago: “The top Soviet leaders took an extraordinary step, unprecedented in the history of Soviet-American relations, by secretly offering Humphrey any conceivable help in his election campaign — including financial aid.”

Dobrynin subtly raised the issue of Humphrey’s campaign finances during a discussion of the election, but the vice president deflected the issue. “Humphrey, I must say,” Dobrynin wrote, “was not only a very intelligent but also a very clever man. He knew at once what was going on.” Humphrey told Dobrynin that “it was more than enough for him to have Moscow’s good wishes which he highly appreciated.”

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