Soon after flying into Saigon on Monday (13 Sept) on a four-day visit to South Vietnam, U.
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TRANSCRIPT SEQ 4: MCGOVERN: "My own position is unchanged. I have felt for a good many years that it was not in the interests of either the United States or of Vietnam for us to have been militarily involved, in this conflict. And that view I have held consistently going back to 1963. I think we're entering another crucial stage in our experience here in South Vietnam, great importance has been attached both by our own Government and by the Government of South Vietnam, to these elections on October 3rd. Indeed President Nixon has said that one of the reasons why we continue our military support to the Government of Saigon, is that we wanted top provide an opportunity for a fair and honest poll on the part of the people of South Vietnam. So I think those of us who have been trying to encourage our Government to bring about a negotiated settlement in the war, should be as well informed as we can be about the real meaning of this forthcoming election. Whether in fact it does justify the confidence that President Nixon has placed in the possibilities of a free choice here, and if not, whether that ought to be a signal for increased effort on the part of those of us who have been opposed to American policy here to try to bring the war to an end."
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Background: Soon after flying into Saigon on Monday (13 Sept) on a four-day visit to South Vietnam, U.S. Presidential candidate George McGovern talked to reporters about his long-standing opposition to the American role in the Vietnam war.
On Tuesday, Democrat Senator McGovern, toured the U.S. army drug addiction centre at Cam Ranh Bay. and also addressed a meeting on prison conditions in South Vietnam.
At the meeting, in a Saigon Church, Mr McGovern was trapped for an hour by angry stone-throwing demonstrators, until released by police.