President Nixon's refusal to call off the bombing of North Vietnam to give impetus to the Vietnam peace talks has been bitterly attacked by two politicians fighting to oppose him in the next Presidential election.
CU Humphrey speaking.
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"The President's decision........"
".....prisoners of war."
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"The President's decision failed to take note of what we should have learned from our experience since 1965. It also ignores the counsel of his own advisors that a continuation of the bombing serves little military purpose and will not induce the other side to be more flexible in its negotiating posture. Nor will it aid in obtaining the release of our prisoners of war."
"I think President Nixon from the very beginning has been running this war to suit his own re-election timetable. I want to be blunt about it. He's playing politics with the lives of American soldiers and American prisoners rotting in their cells in Hanoi. He's putting his own selfish interests ahead of the welfare of these young Americans, and ahead of the taxpayers of this country who are bearing this burden. And personally, I think that the American people are getting fed up to the ears with this hypocrisy, this deception and this needless destruction."
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From Senator McGovern came the more serious accusation that President Nixon is making political capital out of the continuing war in Vietnam:
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Background: President Nixon's refusal to call off the bombing of North Vietnam to give impetus to the Vietnam peace talks has been bitterly attacked by two politicians fighting to oppose him in the next Presidential election. Democratic Presidential hopefuls Senator Hubert Humphrey and Senator George McGovern reacted sharply to Mr. Nixon's speech on the Vietnam war the previous evening.
Both were speaking at Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday. And both accused President Nixon of not making sufficient effort to secure the release of American prisoners of war. Mr. Humphrey believed the continuation of the bombing served no strategic purpose: