Jackson's first major dispute revolved around the tariff issue. South Carolina, the home state of Jackson's vice president, John C. Calhoun, had adopted Calhoun's opinion that a state had the right under the Constitution to nullify a treaty or tariff made by the federal government if the federal policy caused damage to that state. South Carolina had only resisted nullifying the tariff because state officials believed Jackson would remedy it. Other great minds of the period, however, disagreed with the interpretation: Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and Robert Hayne of South Carolina had a heated debate about the subject on the Senate floor. Jackson believed in states' rights up to a point, but did not believe that states should jeopardize the Union. At a party to honor Thomas Jefferson's birthday, both sides stood ready. Looking straight at Calhoun, Jackson
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