In Washington, Democratic Senator George McGovern's hopes of a first ballot victory at his party's Presidential nominating convention next month suffered a setback on Thursday (29 June) when the party credentials committee voted to deprive him of 151 California delegate votes.
GV & MV Credentials committee in session
SCU Committee chairman (female)
MV & CU Humphrey speaks
SOF STARTS: "I just...
SOF ENDS: ... will you fellows." (APPLAUSE)
CU McGovern speaks
SOF STARTS: ".. I can't believe...
SOF STARTS: ...first ballot."
HUMPHREY: "I just got some information here. HHH and reformists -- you know that puts me up with the good guys -- 72, McGovern 65. Challenge successful by votes, ah, seven votes...APPLAUSE....With this vote, and that represents 137 members of the credentials committee, ah, I would say my chances are markedly improved. Those tests....just pile away those political obituaries for a few days will you fellows." -- APPLAUSE.
MCGOVERN: "I can't believe what happened today. I think this is the rottenest political steal that I've seen in my public career. And I don't intend to take it lying down. There are thousands of people who worked in this McGovern campaign all across this country. We operated under the rules; operated under the laws of the states. Now those politicians that we defeated have banded together, I think, our of spite, out of envy, out of jealousy, out of anger -- and they pulled off inside a committee room what they were unable to accomplish in an open and free election. But I think a good many committee delegates, who heretofore had been sitting on the fence are going to be so outraged by this old corrupt power play that took place here today, that we're still going to win on the first ballot.
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Background: In Washington, Democratic Senator George McGovern's hopes of a first ballot victory at his party's Presidential nominating convention next month suffered a setback on Thursday (29 June) when the party credentials committee voted to deprive him of 151 California delegate votes.
The delegate votes are to be divided among his rival candidates in proportion to their vote totals in the California primary.
Mr. McGovern's main rival, Senator Hubert Humphrey, was interrupted during a speech with the news. Obviously pleased, he told reporters that they could now put away their "political obituaries."
Senator McGovern reacted angrily, saying it was the "rottenest political steal" that he'd seen in his public career.
The credentials committee made its decision in the course of a meeting to approve the 3,000 delegates who will choose the party's Presidential candidate at Miami, Florida.
Senator Humphrey, who lost heavily in the California primary, and other McGovern rivals vigorously contested the winner-take-all provision in the vote that gave all 271 California delegates to the South Dakota Senator.