With the voting over, a decision made and President Nixon set for another four years in the White House, Senator George McGovern on November 8 conceded defeat.
GV McGovern headquarters as he thanks supporters (3 shots)
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TOP GV PAN Crowd shouting: "Four more years"
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McGovern: "I have just sent the following telegram to President Nixon: 'Congratulations on your victory. I hope that in the next four years you will lead us to a time of peace abroad and justice at home. You have my full support is such efforts. With best wishes, to you and your gracious wife Pat. Sincerely, George McGovern.'"
NIXON: "And now the election is over, it is time to get on with the great tasks that lie before. I've tried to conduct myself in this campaign in a way that would not divide our country, not divide it regionally or by parties or in any other way, because I very firmly believe that what unites America is infinitely more important than those things which divide it. We are united Americans....north, east, west and south, both parties, in our desire for peace, peace with honour, the kind of a peace that will last. And we are moving swiftly towards that great goal, not just in Vietnam but a new era of peace in which the old relationships between the two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, and between the world's most populous nation, The People's Republic of China, and the United States, are changed so that we are on the eve of what could be the greatest generation of peace, true peace for the whole world, that man has ever known."
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Background: With the voting over, a decision made and President Nixon set for another four years in the White House, Senator George McGovern on November 8 conceded defeat. And he told supporters at a rally in Washington that he had sent a telegram to the President, congratulating him and offering his support in efforts to win peace abroad and justice at home.
In a statement from the White House, President Nixon said that now the election was over, it was time to get on with the great tasks ahead. He told Americans they were swiftly working towards a new era of peace, the greatest generation of peace that man had ever known.
Later, Mr. Nixon attended a victory rally, where he thanked his supporters.
SYNOPSIS: After his resounding defeat by President Nixon in the United States Presidential election, Senator George McGovern faced his supporters in Washington.
Later, Mr. Nixon attended a victory rally. With the months of campaigning over, the votes in and the decision made, President Nixon and Senator McGovern both left Washington for short holidays. For Mr. Nixon, it was sunny fluoride before the serious business of executive reorganisation.