Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy announced in Boston on Monday (23 September) that he will not be 3 candidate for the United States' Presidency in 1976.
SV Kennedy entering room surrounded by pressmen (3 shots)
SV Kennedy speaking (9 shots)
Senator Kennedy's statement at the press conference is included with this film. A transcript follows:
"My primary responsibilities are at home. It has become quite apparent to me that I would be unable to make a full commitment to a campaign for the Presidency. I simply cannot do that to my wife and children and other members of my family. Therefore, in 1976, I will not be a candidate for President or Vice-President of the United States. This decision is firm, final and unconditional. There is absolutely no circumstance or event that will alter the decision. I will not accept nomination, I will not accept a draft, I will oppose any effort to place my name in nomination in any state or at the national convention, and I will oppose any effort to promote my candidacy in any other way. For the past twelve years I have served the people of Massachusetts in the United States Senate. In 1976 I expect to be a candidate for re-election."
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Background: Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy announced in Boston on Monday (23 September) that he will not be 3 candidate for the United States' Presidency in 1976.
The Massachusetts' Senator told a specially-summoned news conference that -- for family reasons -- he had reached an irrevocable decision not to seek the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1976.
Most observers believe that Senator Kennedy would have been virtually certain of being chosen by his party to contest the selection against the Republican candidate, who is expected to be President Gerald Ford.
The Senator did, however, say that he would stand for re-election to the Senate in 1976.
Senator Kennedy's two brothers were assassinated while in political office. President John Kennedy was shot during his Presidency and Senator Robert Kennedy, while he was seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination.