Senators George McGovern and Edward Kennedy returned to Washington Yesterday (Wednesday) and were both optimistic about the future of the Democratic party, despite the landslide victory of Republican President Richard Nixon in this week's elections.
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SENATOR MCGOVERN: "I don't think anything was lost yesterday except for some of the votes that we would have liked to have had. But the cause is just as great, and just as hopeful, and just as determined as it ever was. There'll be no let down....we'll just go on from here and I hope everyone will get a few days' vacation, and a few days' rest. We want to give a special vote of thanks to the people of the district of Columbia, and to the people of Massachussets."
SENATOR KENNEDY: "The Democratic Party showed strength in the Senate fight. We've probably picked up two seats in the Senate of the United States and the House of Representatives. It was really a stand-off. We've got strong and articulate young leaders with the Democratic Party in the south, and in the Senate as well as in the Governorships. So I feel confident about the future of the Democratic Party."
SENATOR MCGOVERN OFF AIRCRAFT WITH WIFE AND SARGENT SHRIVER, AND TALKING TO REPORTERS: SENATOR KENNEDY OUT OF AIRPORT BUILDING, AND WITH PRESSMEN.
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Background: Senators George McGovern and Edward Kennedy returned to Washington Yesterday (Wednesday) and were both optimistic about the future of the Democratic party, despite the landslide victory of Republican President Richard Nixon in this week's elections.
Senator McGovern flew in with his wife and Sargent Shriver - the man nominated as the Democrats' candidate for vice-presidency. On arrival at the airport, he told reporters there was still plenty for his party to do:-
Senator Edward Kennedy, who arrived in Washington shortly afterwards, seemed equally hopeful about the future of the Democrats.
SYNOPSIS: Senator George McGovern and his wife returned to Washington on Wednesday, to face the aftermath of his landslide election defeat by the incumbent President, Richard Nixon. Accompanying them was Sargent Shriver, the man the Democrats had hoped would join McGovern in the White House as Vice-President. Despite his defeat, Senator McGovern felt there was still plenty of life left in the Democratic party machine.
After talks with the press, and with the supporters who crowed around to offer sympathy and support, Senator McGovern made off to Democratic party headquarters for discussion about the election outcome.
Senator Edward Kennedy, who arrived shortly afterwards, was equally optimistic about the future.