As the USA prepares to go to the polls on November 7, both candidates for the Presidency are furiously fighting for every vote.
LV Nixon & wife in open car in motorcade
SCU Similar with Nixon shaking hands with supporters
SV Pro-Nixon banners (3 shots)
CU Nixon walking in crowd
TV & SV Nixon passes through group of McGovern supporters with banners (2 shots)
SV Nixon continues to campaign from open car (2 shots)
LV & SV Interior crowd at McGovern rally (2 shots)
CU McGovern speaks
"I spoke out nine years ago at a time when I thought my position could very well mean the end of my political career. But what I have been interested in from the very beginning is not something that would advance the political career of George McGovern at the expense of young Americans dying in Vietnam and others sitting in their prison calls for too long a time in Hanoi. What I have been interested in is in pursuing a course that would stop this killing and dying and waste of our resources at the earliest possible day."
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Background: As the USA prepares to go to the polls on November 7, both candidates for the Presidency are furiously fighting for every vote. Democratic contender George McGovern is lagging badly in pre-election opinion polls, but President Nixon is also anxious to consolidate his theoretical lead by making sure all his supporters vote - he now regards voter apathy as his biggest danger.
The President's advisers have decided upon the motorcade as his best method of campaigning. It allows him to greet a maximum number with speed, yet dignity - and a well-publicised route attracts a better turn-out than meetings in halls. But Senator McGovern is still basing his campaign on speaking engagements - mainly because they also serve the purpose of fund-raising which is essential when the Democrats are poorly-subsidised, compared to the industry-supported Republicans. He said, at a Florida dinner: