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    GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY WAS ASKED HOW AND WHY HE BECAME GEORGE WALLACE'S RUNNING-MATE IN THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WHEN HE ARRIVED AT WASHINGTON AIRPORT YESTERDAY (13 OCTOBER).

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    LEMAY LEAVING PLANE AND GREETING CROWD, WITH REPORTERS AND SPEAKING.



    LEMAY: "ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I ASKED GOVERNOR WALLACE -- I HAD A REAL HEART TO HEART TALK TO HIM WITH ONLY HE AND I PRESENT -- DURING THE TALKS, HIS VIEWS ON MANY THINGS. WE HAD QUITE A LONG CONFERENCE BEFORE I MADE A FINAL DECISION. I WAS FULLY AWARE THAT GOVERNOR WALLACE HAD SOMEWHAT THE IMAGE OF A BIGOT AND A RACIST AND A LOT WORSE COMING FROM THE LIBERAL ELEMENT OF THE PRESS. I HAD THE SUSPICION THAT THIS WAS PROBABLY NOT TRUE AND I ASKED HIM FACE TO FACE ABOUT IT. HE CONVINCED ME THAT HE WAS NOT A BIGOT AND WAS NOT A RACIST, THAT STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOLHOUSE WAS NOT A RACE ISSUE AT ALL. HE WAS A DULY ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA. THE BULK OF HIS CONSTITUENCY BELIEVED THAT THIS WAS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL INTRUSION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTO THE AFFAIRS OF THE STATE. HE WANTED TO DETERMINE IN COURT AND SO STATED THAT HE WOULD ABIDE BY THE DECISION. HE SAID THIS WAS NOT A RACIST MATTER."




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    Background: GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY WAS ASKED HOW AND WHY HE BECAME GEORGE WALLACE'S RUNNING-MATE IN THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WHEN HE ARRIVED AT WASHINGTON AIRPORT YESTERDAY (13 OCTOBER).

    GENERAL LEMAY DEFENDED MR WALLACE'S VIEWS AND DENIED THAT HE WAS A RACIST OR BIGOT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4I4ODD9446S5P3FS2TSTJPZCF
    Media URN:
    VLVA4I4ODD9446S5P3FS2TSTJPZCF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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