Governor George Wallace of Alabama is drawing large crowds in his campaign to win the Michigan Democratic Presidential primary due to be held on May 16 with rallies that are a combination of political revival meetings and country music hoedowns.
GV INT. Wallace supporters in hall
SCU Campaign leader (SOUND ON FILM)
LV Wallace holding child and waving to crowd
GV Crowd cheering and shouting for Wallace (2 shots)
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CAMPAIGN LEADER: "Ladies and Gentlemen.....it's good to be here at the rally. For the next President of the United States, the honourable George C. Wallace...."
WALLACE: "Let me tell you this, he people and average citizen in the State of Michigan has really the best opportunity in this country to impress not only the National Democratic Party but also the Republican Administration, because in my judgement, when you go for George Wallace on May the 16th, besides giving them the shakes and knocking their (indistinguishable) teeth out and giving them the Saint Vitus dance you going to bring a stop to this senseless bussing in Michigan and throughout the United States. Thank you very much."
SUPPORTERS: CAMPAIGN LEADER: WALLACE HOLDING CHILD AND WAVING: WALLACE SPEAKING.
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Background: Governor George Wallace of Alabama is drawing large crowds in his campaign to win the Michigan Democratic Presidential primary due to be held on May 16 with rallies that are a combination of political revival meetings and country music hoedowns.
Wallace's campaign is fuelled by an emotionally intense aspect of the desegregation issue -- bussing. But hi popularity in Michigan is also based on current dissatisfaction in the state (and elsewhere) with the high levels of taxation and low levels of public services.
And with the rest of the vote split between Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Shirley Chisholm and Henry Jackson, many political observers are forecasting that Wallace will win the primary by about 40 per cent.
A victory in Michigan would be Wallace's first in the northern states.