The United States Senate on Wednesday (June 16) refused to impose any deadline for an end to the United States war effort in Vietnam.
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SV Senator Hatfield speaking. (SOUND)
CU Senator Dole speaking (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): SENATOR HATFIELD: "I think we have moved a step closer to peace by the very activity of this amendment and the vote even today as one a losing side of the vote. I say that because the President cannot be unaware of the 73 per cent of the American public that wants out by the end of this year. The President cannot be unaware of the 44 senators who stood up and had the courage to vote their convictions and their conscience today to end this war by December. And with these evidences, the President of the United States, I am convinced will be influenced in his policy and I would not be a bit surprised if some way and somehow we will see a date certain, set by some action of the Administration."
(SEQ. 4): SENATOR DOLE: "Well, the amendment was
changed for the tenth time, the so-called Chiles substitute was, as I count the different amendment, the tenth version of the so-called End of the War amendment. It extended the date five months and some changed their minds because of that."
INTERVIEWER: "Senator Dole, why is the date concerned so crucial?"
SENATOR DOLE: "Well, apparently it isn't. I mean, when you change the date and the language ten times, I think that it indicates it's not crucial. It indicates the folly of an effort to tie the President's hands. If we can't agree in the Senate, we've changed it ten times, if we want to tie the President's hands to one date under certain provisions. So I think they vindicate themselves that the date's rather meaningless. The question whether or not we had confidence in the President and apparently we have."
INTERVIEWER: If it's that the tenth version has gained five votes, will the twentieth gain the other five.?"
SENATOR DOLE: "I hope by the time the twentieth version reaches the floor we'll be long gone from South Vietnam, and I think we will be."
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Background: The United States Senate on Wednesday (June 16) refused to impose any deadline for an end to the United States war effort in Vietnam. The controversial McGovern-Hatfield amendment that would have established the deadline for American withdrawal from the warzone at December 31, this year, was defeated by 55 votes to 42.
The defeat was taken as a firm policy victory for the Administration. But, at the same time, the votes uncovered new strength for a Congressionally imposed deadline for withdrawal from the area, regardless of the consequences for the South Vietnamese Government.
Minutes earlier, a compromise proposal from Senator Lawton Chiles to set a June first, 1972, date for withdrawal was narrowly defeated by 52 votes to 44.
After the vote, one of the Amendment's original co-sponsors, Senator Hatfield and one of those opposed to the move, Republican Senator Robert Dole, attended a press conference. The conference was filmed by Visnews staff cameraman, Leo Waller.