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Kissinger Endorses Helms

Posted October 20, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came to Greensboro Saturday to endorse the U.S. Senate campaign of his former enemy, Jesse Helms. Acknowledging that they still don't see eye-to-eye on some issues, Kissinger said he was speaking on Helms' behalf because "we need a Republican senator. We need a Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee." Helms is now chairman of that committee.

On Saturday, Kissinger called Clinton's foreign policy a "Band-Aid" and criticized the administration for paying too much attention to domestic issues at the expense of foreign affairs.

The men spoke at a fundraising luncheon.

Helms called his opponent, former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, "a pathetic figure." Continuing to decline the Gantt campaign's proposals for a debate, Helms attributed his refusal to unwillingness to "help (Gantt) raise a crowd."

In 1975, Helms called for Kissinger's resignation, calling him a man of "proven failure."