• I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

    Campaign remark, Fresno, Cal., 10 Sept. 1952. John F. Parker, in "If Elected, I Promise ...": Stories and Gems of Wisdom by and About Politicians (1969), attributes the reverse statement to Chauncey Depew (1834 - 1928): "If you will refrain from telling any lies about the Republican party, I'll promise not to tell the truth about the Democrats."
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