Clipped From Wellsville Daily Reporter
Wirephoto). Nixon Heads South; Champions 'Rights' By WILLIAM F. ARBOGAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Richard M. Nixon has kicked off his vote quest in the racial-minded South with an espousal of civil rights, an endorsement endorsement of sit-in demonstrations and 'U plea to keep religion out of politics. The Republican nominee 'surprised Mwr to the civil rights problem. His audience included a number ol Negroes. In his public address, Nixon did not refer to sit-in demonstrations or to tihe issue of religion, but centered on what he said wera K-.sii 1 differences between the two major parties on domestic and presidential loreign policies, a capacity Tlu-se differences, he said, crowd in the Municipal Coliseum bring the Republican party more hore Wednesday night by speak- | in line with the principles of Jef- ing out on cjvil rights. He said | ferson, Jackson and Wilson and his position on that subject is the same in the South as it is in the N'urtih, the East and the West. He said he stands on Iho GOP platform as "an honest progvanvi that will produce progress in the area of civil rights and denounced the Democratic platform as one that promises "far more than they can produce." Nixon tossed his civil rights views in near the end of a formal address to an enthusiastic crowd estimated at more than 12,000. He was applauded repeatedly 1 as he expounded 1 his position on other topics and called for disregard of party labels. The ardor of his audience audience dwindled noticeably as he- called for "progress in promoting civil rights. But he won more applause applause when be added "1 recog- justify the departure from Democratic Democratic ranks of Southerners who, he said, have been descried by the Democratic party. At earlier news conference, Nixon said he supported the objectives objectives of sit-in demonstrations which students started hero early early this year and which spread to other states. Asked at this televised news conference whether 'religion would be a major issue in the campaign, campaign, Nixon said lie hoped it would not. His Democratic opponent, opponent, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, is a Roman Catholic. Catholic. "Religion is not a proper issue, issue, Nixon said. "The way I am going to deal with the religion issue issue is to talk -always albout other nize that law alone is not the an- issues and not about that.