• Short Summary

    President Nixon took his fight against impeachment to the heart of Republican territory -- the state of Arizona -- on Friday evening (3 May) and declared "The time has come to get Watergate behind us and get on with the business of America."
    President Nixon was speaking before a crowd of 14,000 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which local Republicans had booked for the occasion.

  • Description

    President Nixon took his fight against impeachment to the heart of Republican territory -- the state of Arizona -- on Friday evening (3 May) and declared "The time has come to get Watergate behind us and get on with the business of America."
    President Nixon was speaking before a crowd of 14,000 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which local Republicans had booked for the occasion.

    It was the President's first public appearance outside Washington since he released edited transcripts of Watergate tapes earlier in the week. With the President were his wife, Pat, Republican Senator barry Goldwater and the House Republican leader, John J. Rhodes both of Arizona.

    President Nixon told the crowd he had no intention of resigning from office.

    The following day, President Nixon opened Expo '74 at Spokane in Washington state.

    a crowd of 55,000 packed along the banks of the Spokane River, saw the President deliver his opening speech from a red-carpeted barge drawn up at the river bank.

    Demonstrators kept up chants of "No, no, no" and "Impeach". Bit they were drowned by the enthusiastic welcome of the crowd who had been waiting several hours for the opening ceremony.

    President Nixon -- referring to the environmental theme of the World Fair -- appealed to all nations, including the Soviet Union, one of the exhibitors, to join in cleaning up the environment and eliminating another world war.

    SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators gathered at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday for the arrival of President Nixon. Mr. Nixon was making his first public appearance outside Washington since he released edited transcripts of Watergate tapes earlier in the week. The President chose Arizona -- America's Republican stronghold--to call for public support. He said he had no intention of resigning from office because of Watergate.

    The President's appeal brought an enthusiastic response. The following day he flew north to Spokane in the state of Washington, to open the Expo Seventy-Four World Fair.

    A crowd of fifty five thousand had waited several hours for the President's arrival. Mr. Nixon spoke from a red-carpeted barge drawn up at the bank of the Spokane River.

    A crowd of demonstrators kept up a chant calling for President Nixon's impeachment. Mr. Nixon--referring to the environmental theme of the world fair-called for all nations to clean up the world and to avoid a third world war.

    The atmosphere in Spokane was euphoric. But it was far from that in Washington.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAVH8A36U48WR9R1OHVSRQWP0G
    Media URN:
    VLVAVH8A36U48WR9R1OHVSRQWP0G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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