Miami Beach - the United States holiday playground - which last month hosted the National Democratic convention, is about to host America's other big political extravaganza - the Republican Convention.
GTV PAN Miami beach to convention hall (2 shots)
GV's inside convention hall (2 shots)
CU Sign "Decision '72"
TV Mrs. Nixon at convention in 1968
GV Balloons falling (2 shots)
STV Delegate for Wisconsin gives vote which brings Nixon past post and captions on screen (2 shots)
MV & SV's Nixon and Agnew with wives (4 shots)
GV & CU PAN Nixon with Rockefeller (2 shots)
SCU and MV police with gas masks and doing drill (2 shots)
CU Sign "Homestead Air Base emblem" ZOOM OUT TO GV tents and troops ???recting same (??? shots)
CU's ZOOM OUT TO GV intercoms and GV convention hall (3 shots)
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Background: Miami Beach - the United States holiday playground - which last month hosted the National Democratic convention, is about to host America's other big political extravaganza - the Republican Convention.
Preparations at the site - the same hall which the Democrats used just a little way from the famous beach - are now moving into top gear for the convention which is due to begin on August the 21st.
Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans' nomination appears to be no more than a formality. The present United States president, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew, the vice-President go to Miami Beach certain of re-election as the party's nomination.
At this year's convention, the job of nominating the President will go to Nalson Rockefeller - a one-time rival of the President, but now being widely tipped for high office if the Republicans win the November election.
The only possible shadow being cast over the convention at this stage is the threat of anti-war demonstrations. However, the authorities are taking no chances, and the Miami Police have been drilled in riot control should the demonstrations become disorderly. In addition, troops will also be on alert in the city, but they will remain out of sight, as they did during the Democratic Convention.