The Democratic Party, on Wednesday night (12 July) in Miami Beach, chose Senator George McGovern to be its candidate in the Presidential election in November.
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SEN. RIBICOFF: "George McGovern is the man for America's future. And I nominate Senator George McGovern for the Presidency of the United States."
ILLINOIS DELEGATE: "The great State of Illinois, which will play an integral part in the selection of the next Democratic President, next November. And will unite behind a Democratic ticket and pave the way for the rest of the states to do so, casts thirty and one-half votes for Senator 'scoop' Jackson. And one-hundred and nineteen votes for the next President, Senator George McGovern."
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SEN. MCGOVERN: "I make a flat pledge that if I become President of the United States, eery American soldier, every American prisoner, every American now involved in the war in Southeast Asia, every bomber will quit flying, all American military aid to General Thieu will cease. And I don't have the slightest doubt, that within ninety days of my inauguration, every American troop and every American soldier will be home. And that's the pledge I make to you."
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THE SOUND ON FILM INCLUDES A PORTION OF SENATOR RIBICOFF'S NOMINATION SPEECH, PART OF THE VOTE BY THE ILLINOIS DELEGATION, AND REMARKS ADDRESSED TO RADICALS BY SENATOR MCGOVERN. TRANSCRIPTS FOLLOW.
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Background: The Democratic Party, on Wednesday night (12 July) in Miami Beach, chose Senator George McGovern to be its candidate in the Presidential election in November.
The South Dakota Senator won the nomination at the party Convention when the state of Illinois cast 119 delegate votes for the candidate, to put Mr. McGovern past the 1,509 votes needed for victory.
On Thursday, Senator McGovern chose Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, a Catholic with strong ties to Jabour, as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Mr. McGovern's first choice had been Senator Edward Kennedy, but the latter declined the invitation.
Although Senator Eagleton is relatively unknown, his links with labour could be vital in Mr. McGovern's efforts to patch up differences with trade unions. The fact that he comes from the border state of Missouri is expected to help the ticket in the deep south.
Wednesday night's drama began with Senator Abraham Ribicoff putting Mr. McGovern's name in for nomination. Then, just before midnight, the Illinois delegation cast its crucial votes, which put Senator McGovern over the top for the nomination.
Earlier, before the voting got underway, Senator McGovern addressed a group of radicals demonstrating in the hotel where the Senator has his headquarters. He repeated a pledge that many political observers feel has done the most to bring him the nomination, a pledge to end the war in Vietnam.