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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1287
AUTHOR: Wendell Lewis Willkie (1892–1944)
QUOTATION: It was a bit of campaign oratory.
ATTRIBUTION: WENDELL WILLKIE, testimony, February 11, 1941.—To Promote the Defense of the United States, hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, 77th Congress, 1st session, part 3, p. 905 (1941).

In 1940 Willkie had been the Republican party candidate for president.