Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Adlai Ewing Stevenson (190065)
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.
ADLAI E. STEVENSON, governor of Illinois, campaign remark, Fresno, California, September 10, 1952.John Bartlow Martin, Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, pp. 67374 (1976).
Martin called this remark a favorite of Stevensons, but it is not original with him. It was attributed to Senator Chauncey Depew, but in reverse, in John F. Parkers If Elected, I Promise , Stories and Gems of Wisdom by and About Politicians, p. 41 (1969): If you will refrain from telling any lies about the Republican party, Ill promise not to tell the truth about the Democrats. Depew was a senator 18991911.