Despite his shattered Presidential hopes, Senator Edward Kennedy dominated the Democratic convention on Tuesday (12 August) night with a rousing call for party unity.
SCU Audience at Democratic convention in New York, applauds.
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GV President Carter's plane taxiing in New Jersey
GV President Carter and family alight from plane and are greeted by officials. (2 SHOTS)
GV Presidential motorcade in New Jersey street.
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KENNEDY: "I congratulate President Carter on his victory here. (Crowd applaud) I am, I am confident that the democratic party will reunite on the basis of democratic principles and together we will march towards a Democratic victory in 1980."
CARTER: "And I also wanted to point out that last night, that was one of the greatest speeches I have ever heard. I called Senator Kennedy and told him how much I really appreciated it."
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Background: Despite his shattered Presidential hopes, Senator Edward Kennedy dominated the Democratic convention on Tuesday (12 August) night with a rousing call for party unity. It is said to be the best speech of his campaign, and loyal Kennedy supporters at the convention endorsed that sympathy.
SYNOPSIS: The Senators sentiments were well received.
In the meantime President Carter was en route for New York, but he made a brief stop over in Newark, New Jersey first. This was a political move as the Governor of New Jersey is a staunch Carter supporter, where as the Governor of New York is not.
While the President was on his way to the Convention hall his aides and Senator Kennedy's were working behind the scenes to try to unite the party in an effort to break the big lead Republican Candidate Ronald Reagan has in public opinion polls. Party unity was on everyone's mind.