President Nixon, campaigning in California for the mid-term Congressional elections, has denounced the anti-war demonstrators who earlier stoned his car at San Jose.
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SV Reagan on rostrum. "Ladies & Gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, the United States Senator from California, George Murphy, and the President of the United States."
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REAGAN: "Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, the United States Senator from California, George Murphy, and the President of the United States."
In his speech, President Nixon said:
NIXON: We must recognise, my friends, that simply because the cause happens to be peace, that protest for peace justifies violence, justifies shouting down speakers, justifies lawlessness or any kind of action. My friends what we must recognise that in a system that provides a method for peaceful change there is no cause that justifies resort to violence or lawlessness in the United States of America. (APPLAUSE). Now let's keep this in perspective. AS you saw that picture in San Jose yesterday of the violent few, and as you look at your television screens night after night you may get the impression, with the rocks being thrown, the obscene words and the like, that the violent few among our youth are a majority of American youth today, or that they may be the leaders of America tomorrow. My friends, I have good news for you. I have travelled this country, I have seen thousands of people, and I can tell you that the radical few that you see on your television screens night after night. They are not a majority of American youth today, and they will not be the leaders of America tomorrow."
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Background: President Nixon, campaigning in California for the mid-term Congressional elections, has denounced the anti-war demonstrators who earlier stoned his car at San Jose. The demonstrators threw stones and eggs at the president and tore the communication antennae from his car.
Speaking yesterday (Friday) at a Republican Party rally at Anaheim in California, the President denounced the demonstrators as "the radical few". They were not, he said, representative of the great majority of the young people of America.
President Nixon was welcomed by Governor Reagan: