In Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (May 16) Senator Hubert Humphrey voiced sympathy for Governor George?
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HUMPHREY: "Mrs. Humphrey and I want to join with all of our fellow Americans in praying for the speedy and total recovery of Governor Wallace. He and his wife know of course of our great personal concern. I have expressed this privately to Mrs. Wallace... We, as a family, know how trying these moments are, and our heart goes out to their family, to all members of the Wallace family ... Oh, and now let me take a moment to congratulate Governor Wallace on his primary victories in Maryland, and in Michigan. But it's my judgement that this election is dwarfed in importance by the fact of the tragic violence of yesterday. I believe that it is essential, however, that we not permit an isolated act of violence??? one, to distort the true picture of the American Democratic process. Now that process does require open debate, dialogue and discussion, in order for us to arrive at basic responsible decisions. Therefore campaigns must continue and the risks that are involved must be taken. Our nation is too strong, Americans are too resolute, to allow violence to silence the fundamental right of any person to seek political office or to state his or her views without threat or violent reaction. Americans do differ, and we will differ in our political beliefs. But we must not let these differences tear us apart, or set the scene for violent reaction ...."
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Background: In Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (May 16) Senator Hubert Humphrey voiced sympathy for Governor George Wallace of Alabama--gunned down at an election campaign meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday (May 15) -- and went on to appeal for the American democratic process to continue, with "open debate, dialogue, and discussion."
"Campaigns must continue," the Senator said, "and the risks that are involved must be taken."
Americans were too resolute,he went on, to allow violence to silence the fundamental right of any person to seek political office or state his views without threat or violent reaction. Americans differed, he said, "but we must not let these differences tear us apart, or set the scene for violent reaction."