Eighteen-thousand supporters of Senator George McGovern for President packed Madison Square Gardens in New York on Wednesday night (14 June) for a fund raising rally and concert.
Eighteen-thousand supporters of Senator George McGovern for President packed Madison Square Gardens in New York on Wednesday night (14 June) for a fund raising rally and concert. The South Dakota senator made a brief appearance near the end of the concert.
Senator McGovern is striving for a big victory in next Tuesday's (20 June New York presidential primary. To garner the Democratic nomination to oppose President Nixon in the November elections, the Senator needs 1,509 delegate votes at next month's Miami Beach Democratic National Convention. Hoping for 200 of the 278 delegates that New York will send to the convention, Senator McGovern should go into the convention with 1200-1300 delegates.
There has been some speculation that Senator McGovern's two chief rivals, Senator Muskie and Senator Humphrey, might withdraw from the presidential race and throw their support to the South Dakota senator. Last week, however, Senator Muskie announced he was to remain a candidate, and nothing was forthcoming from Senator Humphrey's camp on his possible withdrawal. All three men have said they are not out to necessarily step one of the others and would support the choice of the convention delegates.
While Senator McGovern has scored some useful victories in primaries, he has yet to win the trust of his political party as a whole. His reputation of being a man of the Left has been successful in gaining him enthusiastic volunteers, but the Party hierarchy has yet to be convinced he can elicit a broad-based response from voters in all ranks of the U.S. political spectrum.
SYNOPSIS: With political campaign costs rising with each election in the United States, fund-raising can be as important to a prospective candidate as his political stance. In this election year many U.S. entertainment figures have given their support to Senator George McGovern
At this rally and concert for the South Dakota senator on Wednesday, film stars Goldie Hawm, Julie Christie, Warren Beatty and Paul Newman were among the entertainers donating their time for their candidate before eighteen-thousand at Madison Square Gardens.
In previous years, film stars lent their support by actively campaigning and appearing in television advertisements for their favourite candidate. It was thought to be only marginally successful Senator McGovern generally maintains a low profile at these rallies. No political speeches are made. This rally was a special occasion as two singing groups -- Simon and Garfunkel and Peter, Paul and Mary -- performed together again for the first time in a long while. Near the end of the concert, Senator McGovern and his wife made a brief appearance on stage, much to the satisfaction of the audience.
The Senator is hopeful of winning most of the delegate votes in Tuesday's New York presidential primary. Many experts believe he will garner the Democratic nomination to oppose President Nixon in the November presidential elections.