United States Democratic presidential candidate, George McGovern, played a tape recording describing Vietnam to a student rally at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, on October 13.
SV & CU INT. McGovern listens to tape in plane
GV PAN Crowd at rally at University
CU & GV McGovern & crowd listen to tape
VETERAN: "When you're over there, you think it's right because it's going on every day. Twenty four hours a day, you rationalise it, until you think its right. When you come back (Person making tape crying) you understand what happened if you dropped napalm where you lived (crying) and any you'd be kind to them, or if you'd want to send him back. That's what they want American boys to do. And that's what we we've been doing and its not right, right under any circumstances. After they drop napalm, human beings are fused, fused together like pieces of metal that have been soldiered, sometimes you couldn't tell if they were people or animals. I talk to people who remember the coconut grove fire a long time ago and they said it was incredible, the bodies they way they were brought out. It was nothing, it was nothing, when you go to a piece of something and you have no idea whether its a human being of an animal. That's a murder:"
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Background: United States Democratic presidential candidate, George McGovern, played a tape recording describing Vietnam to a student rally at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, on October 13.
When Senator McGovern left Boston the day before, someone handed him the tape recording and told him it was the voice of a Vietnam veteran describing the horrors he had seen in the war. The veteran was not identified.
Senator McGovern played the tape aboard his plane on the trip from Boston to Minneapolis. The recording moved him to tears. He dabbed his eyes before retiring to his cabin on the aircraft.
Later, at the Minneapolis student rally, McGovern played the tape over loudspeakers. The student's reaction was similar to that shown by the Presidential candidate when he first heard the recording. Students stood stock still, listening to the recording. Some of them cried openly while others fought back tears.
The veteran described the effects of napalm bombing on civilians during the seven minutes for which the tape ran.
After the recording had finished, Senator McGovern said, "Let's go out and do what we have to do and put a new leadership in charge of this country next year".
SYNOPSIS: Soon after leaving Boston on his Presidential campaign tour, Senator George McGovern was handed a tape recording, said to have been made by a Vietnam veteran, horrified by what he had seen in the war. The Senator listened to the tape on his campaign aircraft and was visibly moved by the veteran's words. He dabbed his eyes and returned to his cabin.
The following day, he replayed the tape to a student rally at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.