New York Mayor John Lindsay is now being viewed in the United States as a possible candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, after his switch of allegiance to the party from the Republicans on Wednesday (11 August).
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 6): REPORTER: "Mr. Mayor, how do you feel about the opinions of Democratic state chairman around the country, that have been reported in various publications that your chances of getting the presidential nomination are very slim?"
MAYOR LINDSAY: "I'd agree with that, were I a candidate. Thank God I'm not."
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THE SOUND ON FILM IS NATURAL, INCLUDING A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH MAYOR LINDSAY AT THE END. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS:
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Background: New York Mayor John Lindsay is now being viewed in the United States as a possible candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, after his switch of allegiance to the party from the Republicans on Wednesday (11 August).
On Friday (13 August), Mayor Lindsay made of the rounds of two public social functions, bringing him once again into the public eye. After dedicating a new fire station and a public swimming pool, the mayor said that he was not a candidate for the presidency. Nevertheless, most political observers agree that his name would be in the contention when the Democrats decide next 10 July whom to field against President Nixon, who is virtually certain to be the Republican candidate.
Whether as candidate for the nomination, or as one of the king-makers at the party convention, John Lindsay wields an impressive array of weapons in his political armoury. Tall, handsome and photogenic, he is them closest thing to a sex symbol on the U.S. political scene. His youthful appearance and rapport with young people could also be a major asset in the first presidential election, since the voting age was lowered to 18.