Senator George McGovern, the Democratic Party candidate for the American presidency, has again attacked President Nixon's handling of the Vietnam conflict.
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"Now, Mr. Nixon would continue the war to preserve General Thieu's power. On that, he and I disagree, I say General Thieu is not worth one more American dollar, one more American prisoner, one more drop of American blood. Mr. Nixon and I also disagree on how to find peace, and this is the second, fundamental difference between us. He has chosen what he calls "the safest military action" to end the fighting. Despite all the highly-publicised secret meetings with the other side, he has persisted in the belief that we can find peace only in a wider war. Four years ago last night, on October 9 1968, Mr. Nixon, as a candidate for President, said to a crowd in California--and I quote: 'Those who have had a chance for four years and could not produce peace should not be given another chance.' Now Mr. Nixon has had his chance, he could not produce peace in four years, and we have every indication that he cannot produce peace in eight years."
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Background: Senator George McGovern, the Democratic Party candidate for the American presidency, has again attacked President Nixon's handling of the Vietnam conflict. He also repeated his pledge to withdraw the United States from Indo-China within 90 days of his election as President--on condition that all American prisoners were released.
The Senator--who is lagging far behind Mr. Nixon in public opinion polls--aimed up the difference between the President's policy and his own as "a choice between four more years of war of four years of peace."
He also had some grim words in connection with Nguyen Van Thieu, the South Vietnamese president who is thought to be a major point of issue in the Paris peace talks. Senator McGovern said President Thieu was not worth another dollar, prisoner or drop of American blood.
Senator McGovern also promised an amnesty for young Americas who had chosen jail or exile rather than fight in Vietnam. Those who had fled overseas could return when the war was over if they agreed to perform voluntary work to show their objection was not to serving their country but to fighting in a war they considered morally wrong.
The Democrats had paid 15,000 dollars (60,000 pounds sterling) for the commercial broadcast from Washington in which the Senator expounded his plans. But much of the effect was lost because the White House simultaneously announced that Henry Kissinger, the special Presidential deviser at the Paris talks, would be holding an unprecedented fourth day of discussions. This increased mounting speculation that the talks were at last producing concrete results.
SYNOPSIS: In Washington, Senator George McGovern, the Democratic candidate for the American Presidency, has again pledged to end the Vietnam war and attacked President Nixon's war policy. He outlined the way their policies differed in a broadcast which cost his campaign about one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars.