Democratic Presidential Candidate George McGovern last night (Saturday) announced in Washington that his new choice as vice-presidential running mate would be Sargent Shriver.
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"On Tuesday the Democratic National Committee will meet to select a candidate for Vice President. At that time I will recommend the selection of Sargent Shriver as my Presidential running-mate. Mr. Shriver has served with great distinction in a number of high and difficult public positions. President Kennedy chose him to organise and direct the Peace Corps, while under President Johnson he was the first director of the Office of Economic Opportunities. He later served as Ambassador to France under both President Johnson and President Nixon. A distinguished business leader, his life has been marked by a special dedication to the needs of the poor and to those who suffer from racial injustice. I am fully confident at his ability to serve as Vice-President of the United States."
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Background: Democratic Presidential Candidate George McGovern last night (Saturday) announced in Washington that his new choice as vice-presidential running mate would be Sargent Shriver. Mr. Shriver - a former U.S. Ambassador to France and Peace Corps director - is the husband of Eunice Kennedy, sister of Edward and the late John and Robert Kennedy.
The announcement ended six embarrassing days for the McGovern campaign organisation, as four prominent senators turned down the offer to replace Thomas Eagleton on the Democratic ticket in the November elections. These were Hubert Humphrey (who had lost the Presidential nomination to McGovern at the Convention in Miami), Abraham Ribicoff, Edward Kennedy and Edmund Muskie - the latter doing so last night because of "family obligations".
Fifty-six-year-old Sargent Shriver heard Senator McGovern's radio and television announcement at the Hyannis Port (Massachussetts) home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Rose Kennedy. In his announcement, Senator, McGovern said:-