In the House, Speaker John McCormack, D-Mass, called Nixon's speech logically stated and in our best interests.
In the House, Speaker John McCormack, D-Mass, called Nixon's speech logically stated and in our best interests. I'm confident the American people will overwhelmingly support this effort to bring peace with justice.
Nixon also received support from a group of 100 House members - 60 Republican and 50 democrats. A much smaller group of opponents laid plans to debate the war in the House Wednesday.
Leaders of three antiwar groups called the speech a disappointment and said it will increase the site of protests planned for mid-November, "we are convinced that the President has misjudged the mood of this country, just as he has misjudged the realities of Vietnam," said Sam Brown, one of the coordinators of the Vietnam Moratorium Committee.
Fulbright, however, said he is "very fearful" of incidents at a Nov. 16 march on Washington.
At the White House, Nixon displayed a desk piled high with thousands of telegrams and told newsmen it was a "demonstration of support" that could do more than anything else to speed an and to the war. Nixon indicated that, of the whole area, only a four inch stack came from supporters of an immediate withdrawal. But on capitol Hill, war critics reacted with none of the reticence that preceded the speech.
Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the majority whip, and Stuart Symington, D-Mo. expressed doubt Nixon has any Vietnam peace plan. The Missouri Democrat said also "this administration plans to follow the same general course as the past administration." Kennedy said "There now must be doubt whether there is in existence any plan to extricate America from this war in the best interest of America-for it is no plan to say that what we do depends upon what Hanoi does."