Democratic Senators Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern both began their campaigns for the California presidential primary on Thursday (18 May) in Los Angeles.
Democratic Senators Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern both began their campaigns for the California presidential primary on Thursday (18 May) in Los Angeles. The winner of the June 6th primary gets 271 delegate votes at the Democratic Party nominating convention, and as such, it's a major prize of more than three months of state-by-state campaigning.
In his opening speech, Mr. Humphrey challenged Mr. McGovern to fight at least part of the campaign battle with debates on state-wide television. And Senator McGovern accepted.
Senator Humphrey has said he disagrees not with McGovern personally, but with his proposals to cut defence spending and increase welfare payments.
Mr. McGovern was given an endorsement by Mrs. Coretta King, widow of Martin Luther King. The Senator considered this important because of his hopes of winning some of the traditional Humphrey support among black voters.
Senator McGovern referred to California's big defence and aerospace industries, saying it was important to assure workers in those fields that they'd have jobs after the conversion to a peace-time economy.