Senator Hubert Humphrey, the former Vice-President of the United States, is losing his fight against cancer.
Senator Hubert Humphrey, the former Vice-President of the United States, is losing his fight against cancer. In the past five month, since he was found to have an inoperable tumor, his health had deteriorated sharply. It is now believed that he cannot have long to live.
SYNOPSIS: Hubert Humphrey's most bitter moment: when he just failed to become President of the United States.
That was in 1968. He had run for the Presidency in 1960, but withdraw during the primaries, and the Democratic nomination went to John Kennedy. Four years later, Lyndon Johnson chose him as running mate.
Humphrey, who had been a Senator since 1949, helped Kennedy and John push through major legislation. As Vice-President, he visited Berlin with Herr Willy Brandt and Paris to talk to President de Gaulle, gaining a reputation for skill in mending diplomatic fences.
Vietnam dominated American policies during the Johnson Presidency. Humphrey, as Vice-President, visited South Vietnam early in 1966. He loyally supported is leader, but when he came to campaign for himself, he proposed a change of policy.
Last November, three months after his latest operation had disclosed terminal illness, Hubert Humphrey returned to work in Washington. Both Houses of Congress took steps to honour the 66-year-old former Vice-President for his courage and his long record of public service.