A supposedly informative panel discussion on "Candidate's Views of Foreign Policy," one of Saturday's All-College Conference seminars, deteriorated into a series of political speeches by spokesmen for Senator Robert A. Taft; General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Senator Estes Kefauver, and Supreme Justice William O. Douglas.
More than once, the moderator was forced to interrupt the speakers to remind them that the meeting was not the July nominating convention.
Stabs at Truman
Taft spokesman Joseph Brown, a former Attorney-General of Massachusetts, spent the large part of his time in blasting the Truman administration for its "stupid, vascillating policy."
Brown stressed that Eisenhower, if elected, would follow the present administration's foreign policy. Questioning Ike's status as a Republican, Brown stated that if the General were to be elected his foreign policy would be so bi-partisan that it would destroy the two party system and bring about a militarist state.
Speaking for Eisenhower, McGeorge Bundy, associate professor of Government, hit back at Taft, calling him a man with "meanness of spirit bread into his bones by twenty years of active hating."
He stated that Eisenhower's foreign policy was the best partly by a comparison with those of other candidates, but also because he was most fit to carry out "the great new commitment" which we have made toward the world, with a united nation behind him.
Recognize Red China
Speaking for Douglas, Lawrence H. Fuchs, teaching fellow in Government, pointed out that his candidate raised the truly important issues which other candidates were afraid to discuss because of political expediency.
John Malan, an instructor at Northeastern, said that Kefauver backed the administration on most policies, differing only by his advocacy of an "Atlantic Union" of democracies.