Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 176
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 176

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
Page 176
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Politics has been the mainspring of George Wallace's adult life. Though a would-be assassin's bullet paralyzed him from the waist down, Wallace still orates from cars and lecterns. "Politics helped keep him alive," says his wife. Iff Gone (Because He Is Ready For It). MONTGOMERY, ALA. G eorge Wallace, 54, is ready, willing, and physically able to become the next President of the United States. "I may be paralyzed from the waist down," he concedes, "but there sure's nothing wrong with me from the neck up. An' that," he declares, his brown beady eyes darting, "is what counts most." Nominated last month in the Democratic primary to an unprecedented third term as Governor of Alabama, by Lloyd Shearer triumpharit in 66 of 67 counties, confident in his now proven ability to attract the black Alabama vote, Wallace at this point is strategically keeping his political powder dry and his Presidential options open. But there is no doubt here about his wanting to run for the Presidency. "I ran for it three times in the past," he admits. "An' it'd be mighty silly for me to declare I'm not interested in it now. A little ole thing like a bullet wound in the spine is not enough to keep me down. "I'll tell you this, suh. I'm physically able to run. I ran an active campaign for Governor of Alabama with a schedule more strenuous than I ever ran in the past. It just so happens that a man who is. paraplegic has a little difficulty getting around. But my health's in good shape. "I haven't this moment decided to enter any Presidential primaries. I'm waitin' and watchin' and seein' and feelin' what the issues are. But I tell you this, suh, if I decide to run--an' I am definitely interested in the opportunity--my health or my wheelchair is not going to hold me back--any more 'n those things held back Franklin D. Roosevelt." Dr. Henry Hamilton Hutchinson, the Governor's physician who has supervised Wallace's recuperation since 1972 when he was gunned down in a Maryland shopping center by Arthur Bremer in an attempted assassination, not only confirms the good state of Wallace's health, but adds, "In rriy opinion George Wallace can withstand the rigors of a rough political campaign. He is also capable of fulfilling all the duties of a United States President. "I have known him for some time-I treated his first wife Lurleen, who passed away with cancer--and I believe firmly he would make a good U.S. President. He is smart and honest. He knows what touches the hearts of people. He certainly would have handled Watergate a whole lot differently than Nixon has." No stranger among Governors Cornelia Wallace, the Governor's wife, at 35,19 years his junior, a shapely Size 8, a darkly beautiful, black-haired divorcee who married him three years ago, the niece of former Alabama Governor, "Kissin' Jim" Folsom, mother of two, a lady of perception, charm, and energetic eyebrows, tactful yet softly

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