Senators George McGovern and William Fulbright, both the them major opponents of the Vietnam war, took advantage of free television time donated by the network on Sunday (31 August) to criticise recent statements on the war by spokesmen of the Nixon administration.
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TRANSCRIPT: FULBRIGHT: "The President spends most of his working day trying to win support for his war policy, and does not have much time to deal with powarty and crime, housing, schools and pollution. A congress burden with war costs and measures, has that much less time, money and spirit for the workaday tasks of studying social and economic problems, and legislating programmes to meet them. Worst of all is the loss of spirit and optimism which has affected so many of us. For the first time in history, Americans of all ages are shoving signs of cynicism and disillusion."
McGovern: "It is almost impossible to distinguish friend from foe. They are all Vietnamese. They all share the same history, the same language, the same essential outlook on life and death. They have lived, and fought, and struggled with each other for a thousand years. And no matter how long we stay, when we go home, they will live, and struggle with one another for another thousand years.
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Background: Senators George McGovern and William Fulbright, both the them major opponents of the Vietnam war, took advantage of free television time donated by the network on Sunday (31 August) to criticise recent statements on the war by spokesmen of the Nixon administration.
The Washington statements came on the eve of a Senate vote on the so-called "amendment to end the war" co-sponsored by South Dakota Democrat McGovern and Oregon Republican Mark Hatfield.
Informal tallies on the day of the vote indicated that the amendment would not be carried, and the Senate would stop short of taking the unprecedented steps of cutting off funds for the war.
Senators McGovern and Fulbright said nothing particularly new in their television statements, but indicated their position and strong feelings on the war.