• Short Summary

    United States Democratic presidential candidate, George McGovern, played a tape recording describing Vietnam to a student rally at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, on October 13.

  • Description

    United States Democratic presidential candidate, George McGovern, played a tape recording describing Vietnam to a student rally at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, on October 13.

    When Senator McGovern left Boston the day before, someone handed him the tape recording and told him it was the voice of a Vietnam veteran describing the horrors he had seen in the war. The veteran was not identified.

    Senator McGovern played the tape aboard his plane on the trip from Boston to Minneapolis. The recording moved him to tears. He dabbed his eyes before retiring to his cabin on the aircraft.

    Later, at the Minneapolis student rally, McGovern played the tape over loudspeakers. The student's reaction was similar to that shown by the Presidential candidate when he first heard the recording. Students stood stock still, listening to the recording. Some of them cried openly while others fought back tears.

    The veteran described the effects of napalm bombing on civilians during the seven minutes for which the tape ran.

    After the recording had finished, Senator McGovern said, "Let's go out and do what we have to do and put a new leadership in charge of this country next year".

    SYNOPSIS: Soon after leaving Boston on his Presidential campaign tour, Senator George McGovern was handed a tape recording, said to have been made by a Vietnam veteran, horrified by what he had seen in the war. The Senator listened to the tape on his campaign aircraft and was visibly moved by the veteran's words. He dabbed his eyes and returned to his cabin.

    The following day, he replayed the tape to a student rally at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAENWGNFICDGDLDMBEXLKV7R8ZV
    Media URN:
    VLVAENWGNFICDGDLDMBEXLKV7R8ZV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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