Vice-President Richard Nixon ran into a barrage of eggs and tomatoes thrown by hostile citizens during a political speech in Chicago, Oct 27.
Crowd round Nixon's car - man throws tomato as car moves away.
"Incidentally throw fresh eggs I'd like to eat them afterwards. I'll catch them and send them down, and incidentally if people think we are so hard up, how can people afford the tomatoes and eggs? My opponent a couple of days ago in Detroit, made the most disgraceful irresponsible statement, probably of this campaign other than the one he made on the Cuban situation, which if he had made as President would have lost us all our friends in the world. Now in this connection what did he say? I don't know whether if it was carried down here in the Danville paper that way, but a screaming headline across eight columns, across the Detroit papers said 'Senator Kennedy Predicts Recession'. Now my friends let's think of what's happened. He knows there are more people with more jobs than any time in history. He knows there are pockets of unemployment, but he knows that his rump session of a Congress, didn't do a thing about it. But we will and it's time we laid these things out."
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Background: Vice-President Richard Nixon ran into a barrage of eggs and tomatoes thrown by hostile citizens during a political speech in Chicago, Oct 27. The candidate - who is suffering from a very painful throat - several times had to directly address his hecklers before he could continue. At one stage he protested angrily saying, "Look I have been heckled by experts, so don't try anything on me".
Wasting no time Mr Nixon went straight into the attack and accused his Democratic opponent of "disgraceful and irresponsible" statements. Dealing with the hostile section of the crowd Mr Nixon said:
With the election date drawing near both candidates have laid aside all the politeness that marked the early stages of the campaign. Each day brings a new and more vicious attack from both men directed at each other. Despite the huge audience of viewers that watch their debates and the vast areas both men have covered polls suggest that a considerable number of Americans have not yet made up their minds.