Unofficial campaigning and manoeuvring for the November 1972 presidential elections in the United States are well under way - and so is speculation.
Unofficial campaigning and manoeuvring for the November 1972 presidential elections in the United States are well under way - and so is speculation. The main question taxing the minds of political correspondents centres around the man Mr Nixon will choose as his running mate. All signs point to the decline of vice-president Spiro Agnew, and the rise of the only Democrat in the cabinet, Treasury Secretary John Connally.
John Connally has emerged as perhaps the chief architect of the new economic policies of the United States, and his name is identified with the battle for the dollar. Ever since Mr Nixon stunned political circles in America late last year by asking the former Governor of Texas to join his cabinet in the powerful post of Treasury Secretary, there has been talk that Mr Connally might be invited to become the vice-presidential candidate in 1972. Now as the jockeying begins, John Connally is firmly in the spotlight.
Jeers and jokes have on the other hand always followed the present vice-president, Spiro Agnew. While he has large support among the people he claims to speak for "the silent majority", his many attacks on "long-haired intellectuals" and the press have alienated him from much of the country's youth, as well as fostered a lack of confidence in his judgement amongst the more serious-minded establishment. The 1972 election will be the first major poll in which young people 18 and over will vote. This is the consideration that must worry Mr Nixon.
This compilation of library material illustrates the way in which the Agnew appeal has turned sour; and shows John Connally as the rising political star. The condition now for him to run as vice-president with Mr Nixon would be that he change political parties.
SYNOPSIS: United States Vice President Agnew playing golf.
Spiro Agnew is a popular figure with much of the American public. But his appeal as a golfer cold be compared to his appeal as a politician. His attacks on demonstrating students and the media, while endearing; him to the group he claims to speak for -- the silent majority -- have alienated him from many others.
Now, his appeal may have turned sour. President Nixon is reported to be considering dropping him as a running mate for the 1972 elections.
When Mr Nixon became President in 1968 it was said in many quarters that vice-president Agnew would make an inoffensive second man.Since then his frequent outbursts have shown the opposite. On demonstrating students last May....
In April, a quarter of a million young people marched on Washington calling for an end to the Vietnam war. The November election will be the first major poll in which any body 18 years on over will vote. These, and more critical adults, could vote against Spiro Agnew.
Tipped to be Mr Nixon's running mate in the election is John Connally - here recovering from bullet wounds received with President Kennedy when the President was killed in 1963. A former Governor of Texas, he would get the same southern votes as Mr Agnew... without losing those of the young. He's the only democrat in the cabinet and as Treasury Secretary is in charge of the new economic programme.
The battle for the dollar has put the spotlight on Connally. If Wall Street recovers its pre-eminence, John Connally will get the credit. Manoeuvring for positions for the elections has already began -- and if John Connally is asked to switch parties by President Nixon, he could well take the place of Spiro Agnew.