Senator George McGovern, who was President Nixon's Democratic opponent in last year's United States Presidential Elections, has said that the Watergate affair must not be used as a cause for partisan exultation.
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"These are difficult days for President Nixon. He is the elected leader of the nation, and he is struggling to restore his leadership. We must help him, for the sake of the office he holds.
"Above all else, that means we must not make the Watergate crimes and cover-up a cause for partisan exultation or exploitation.
"It has been written in recent weeks that the Democratic Party has been strengthened for the 1974 election by the Watergate scandal. But just as Watergate has reminded us that even in politics some things are simply not done, so Democrats must now remind themselves chat even political victory is not worth the damage that has been done to the American system. No one in the profession of politics really stands to gain from this subversion of the political process.
"Nor do Republican candidates in 1974 deserve to lose because of Watergate. No shred of evidence has been raised against them, and no breath of rumour has been heard about them. Indeed, Republicans have been among the most effective voices calling for full disclosure of all the facts. Obviously, I would like to see Democrats win next year -- but on the issues for which they stand, not on a scandal we all deplore."
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Background: Senator George McGovern, who was President Nixon's Democratic opponent in last year's United States Presidential Elections, has said that the Watergate affair must not be used as a cause for partisan exultation.
Speaking to journalists at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, he said that the essential thing now was that President Nixon should restore fully the credibility and capacity of his government.
The test of the English sound extract from Senator McGovern's statement follows: