Senator Hubert Humphrey, the former Vice-President of the United States, is losing his fight against cancer.
1968 CU: Humphrey on rostrum, speaking, PULL BACK TO GV as audience applaud.
1961/3 GV & CU: Kennedy singing document. (TWO SHOTS) (B&W)
1964 SV: Johnson of National Convention announcing name of running mate. (B&W)
GV Convention Hall, Sv Johnson and Humphrey on rostrum. (B&W)
1967 SV: Humphrey and Willy Brandt in Berlin, Sv cameramen. (TWO SHOTS) (B&W)
GV: Elysee Palace, MV Humphrey and President de Gaulle. (TWO SHOTS) (B&W)
1966 GV: Banner, SV Humphrey walking through village in South Vietnam. (FOUR SHOTS) (B&W)
SCU: Humphrey talking to Vietnamese children. (B&W)
1968 CU: Humphrey speaking.
GV: Humphrey supporters chanting, Humphrey on platform on campaign tour, cheered. (FOUR SHOTS)
1977 TV: Humphrey and wife enter House of Representatives, Congressmen applaud. (TWO SHOTS) (TR)
SCU: Humphrey speaking.
HUMPHREY: "I shall continue my personal commitment to the cause of human rights, to peace and to the betterment of man. If I have helped in this campaign to move these caused forward, I feel rewarded. I have done my best. I have lost. Mr. Nixon has won. The Democratic process has worked its will. So now let's get on with the urgent task of uniting our country."
JOHNSON: "My trusted colleague, Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota."
HUMPHREY: "As President, I would stop the bombing of the north, as an acceptable risk for peace, because I believe it could lead to success in the negotiations, and thereby shorten the war."
Early in his political career, Humphrey had been nicknamed "the happy warrior", and his enthusiasm for campaigning never faltered. But the supreme prize-the Presidency-eluded him. He was in the running for nomination in 1972, but again withdrew when the tide turned against him.
HUMPHREY: "This is an honour that I never believed could happen. I never expected it to happen. It is far beyond any dream I ever had, and I'm a great dreamer. But let me tell you something...that it's an experience I shall never forget; and I shall be eternally grateful to each and every one of you for the warmth of your reception and the manner in which you have brought Mrs. Humphrey and myself into your fellowship. Thank you very, very much."
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Background: Senator Hubert Humphrey, the former Vice-President of the United States, is losing his fight against cancer. In the past five month, since he was found to have an inoperable tumor, his health had deteriorated sharply. It is now believed that he cannot have long to live.
SYNOPSIS: Hubert Humphrey's most bitter moment: when he just failed to become President of the United States.
That was in 1968. He had run for the Presidency in 1960, but withdraw during the primaries, and the Democratic nomination went to John Kennedy. Four years later, Lyndon Johnson chose him as running mate.
Humphrey, who had been a Senator since 1949, helped Kennedy and John push through major legislation. As Vice-President, he visited Berlin with Herr Willy Brandt and Paris to talk to President de Gaulle, gaining a reputation for skill in mending diplomatic fences.
Vietnam dominated American policies during the Johnson Presidency. Humphrey, as Vice-President, visited South Vietnam early in 1966. He loyally supported is leader, but when he came to campaign for himself, he proposed a change of policy.
Last November, three months after his latest operation had disclosed terminal illness, Hubert Humphrey returned to work in Washington. Both Houses of Congress took steps to honour the 66-year-old former Vice-President for his courage and his long record of public service.