The pressure has already begun as the campaigns in the California presidential primary poll get under way.
GV EXT Humphrey campaign headquarters
CU Photograph of Humphrey, PAN TO banner.
GV McGovern campaign office
SV Leaflets for Humphrey being handed out
GV Traffic and people (5 shots)
SV & CU People registering vote (4 shots)
SV Aerospace workers (2 shots)
SV Forms being wheeled into room
GV Group of musicians playing at Stop Marijuana punishment stall
GV & SV Men signing (4 shots)
REPORTER: "The California showdown is between Senators Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern. George Wallace's name is not on the ballot, but his supporters may mount a write-in campaign for him. Humphrey and McGovern are each expected to spend between one and one-and-a-half million dollars on the California primary alone. Neither candidate has yet done much campaigning here, but there organisations are already mobilised. What makes California a formidable challenge to the candidates is not just its size, but its diversity. There are 5.1 million registered Democrats here. They are young, and old, black, brown and white, blue collar and white collar. Political traditions are not as deeply rooted as in most parts of the country. Democrats here not only often disagree with each other on issues, they do not even agree what the main issues are. One issue in the primary will be Vietnam. Opposition to the war has been strong in California, and senator McGovern could benefit from that, and also the fact that young Californians have registered to vote far more heavily than in most other states. But one-third of industry in California depends on defence or aerospace contracts. The cutback there has helped put unemployment in the state at 8.3 per cent, higher than the national average. That should help Hubert Humphrey who voted for the space shuttle and the big lean to Lockheed, and hurt McGovern who has voted against it. Another issue will be property taxes. Californians collected enough signatures--525,000-to put a referendum on the November ballot limiting property taxes to one-and-three quarters per cent of assessed valuation. Others are collecting signatures for a referendum to legalise marijuana. That could also become and issue in next month's presidential primary. In short, there will be many issues in the California primary--which means that no candidate can run and hope to win on just one issue. Hubert Humphrey will have to convince opponents of the war that he is against it as much as George McGover
n. And McGovern will have to convince defence and aerospace workers that he is their friend."
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Background: The pressure has already begun as the campaigns in the California presidential primary poll get under way. The Democratic campaign is really between Senators George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey. Although Alabama Governor George Wallace's name isn't on the ballot, his supporters in the state may mount a write-in campaign for him. In Los Angeles, campaign workers are already setting up their offices and distributing leaflets for the June 6th vote.
California is a prize for the candidates--whoever wins the state will have 271 delegates committed to vote for him at the Democratic Party's nominating convention. And this is a major factor in more than three months of state-by-state campaigning.
There's diversity among the more than five million registered Democrats and there's diversity in the issues. And the two senators are expected to spend between one and one-and-a-half-million dollars (about 400,000 pounds to 600,000 pounds) each in the campaign to reach the voters.
McGovern may reportedly get support from the strong anti-war feeling in California--but it's said Humphrey may be helped because he's voted for the loan to the Lockheed Aircraft Company and the space shuttle, and they're of vital interest in a state with high unemployment and dependence upon defence and aerospace contracts. Unemployment is 8.3 per cent which is higher than the national average.
There's a move in the state to initiate a referendum on the legalising of marijuana--and this, too, could become a factor in the primary.
SYNOPSIS: Activity at Senator Hubert Humphrey's Los Angeles campaign headquarters is already well under way as the June 6th date for the California presidential primary approaches.
Humphrey's biggest rival is Senator George McGovern. Governor George Wallace isn't on the ballot. The two main candidates are expected to spend between one and one-and-a-half million dollars each in the state. But they think it's worth it, because the state represents a big prize. Whoever wins here will have 271 delegates committed to vote for him at the Democratic Party's nominating convention. And this is a major factor in three months of state-by-state campaigning. There's diversity in California--not only among the state's more than five million registered Democrats, but among the issues as well.
Vietnam is sure to be one of the issues. Anti-war feeling in california has been strong and this may be felt at the polls because more young people have registered than their counterparts in other states.
While that may reportedly help McGovern, the state's dependence upon defence and aerospace contracts could, it's said, be a factor in Humphrey's favour. Defence out-back added to California's unemployment, already higher than the national average. But Humphrey voted for the loan to Lockheed and for the space shuttle.
There are other issues as well. Property taxes, for example. Californians collected enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot to limit property taxes to one-point-eight per cent of assessed value.
Another group are collecting signature to have a referendum to legalise marijuana.
There are a number of issues, and no candidate can win on the strength of one issue alone. Humphrey, it's reported, will have to convince voters that he's against the war--and it's said McGovern will have to show defence workers he's their friend.