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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1885
AUTHOR: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–94)
QUOTATION: I would rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term President at the cost of seeing America become a second-race power and to see this Nation accept the first defeat in its proud 190-year history.
ATTRIBUTION: President RICHARD M. NIXON, address to the nation on the situation in Southeast Asia, April 30, 1970.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1970, p. 410.
SUBJECTS: Vietnam War