Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on June 29, 1972 · Page 4
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 4

Pampa, Texas
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Thursday, June 29, 1972
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PAMPA, MMPA ftAUT NtWS Mlh YEAR TEXAS «lh YEAR Thursday. Jun* M, II7J _ ^^ — • ,~ »-. Humphrey Says He Is Still The Man Best Able To Defeat Nixon » •/ •/ ......... ^.^^j ..,..,«_ A^_,. __~ tn^_*. ... *~i ~* MM MM«. MwftirMM nf Anuth Vietnam. «"""'»« 0 !*P'!. cini WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen Hubert H. Humphrey says his own mislake§ and a Hawed selection process have helped Sen. George McGovem become the (rontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Humphrey said in an interview with the Associated Press that he still thinks he's the man best able to defeat President Nixon in November and said more Democrats support him than support McGovern. He said he would campaign for McGovern if the party nominates him, although he would like to see his rival change his views on defense, taxes and welfare. Excerpts from the interview: Q. Can you beat Richard Nixon in November? A. I believe that I am best capable of beating Mr. Nixon. In 1968, with almost insuperable odds against me, I came within a hair of defeating Mr. Nixon. t also believe I can best carry the campaign against Mr. Nixon. He is vulnerable primarily on the social and economic front. It is here that I have spent much of my political life. The highest unemployment in a decade, the highest inflation in two decades, the highest budget deficits in four decades, the highest balance of payments deficits in eight decades, and the highest interest rates in 100 years. These points have to be hammered home, and I can doit. I believe that 1 am the candidate that can build the coalition that will defeat Mr. Nixon. That coalition must consist of minorities, the black people, Mexican-American proud citizens, the working people of this country, the elderly people of America, as well as the young people. Q. Do you believe that Sen. McGovern or Sen. Muskie can beat Mr. Nixon? A. I think that a Democratic party that's united can mount a campaign that can defeat Mr. Nixon. I would say, however, that Sen. McGovern is vulnerable on some of the issues that he's raised and not fully clarified. Particularly the issue of his income redistribution plan, his tax program and his massive cuts in national defense. Sen. Muskie and myself are pretty much on the same wavelength Q. If you were the nominee, now would you prevent a walkout of sitout of the campaign by supporters of the oiher nominees? One of the advantages of this particular year for the Democratic nominee is that there is time to heal wounds. In 1MI our convention was over on the Nth day of August. We had no time to do the job of planning a campaign, raising the funds, healing the wounds, talking to the people who had been in controversy and competition. In 1972 the convention will be over in mid-July. There will be lots of time to talk to governors, state chairmen, delegates, factions, to work with the political leadership old and new, to put the party back together. But I would hope that we would be able not to have a CAPRI Open 7:00- Show 7:30 t 9:35 Ad 1.25 Ch. 50 TOGETHER.. •Mhey risked everything for a no'count hound! 66i 8/81 Top o' Texas 5RIVE-IN Oponl:30.Ad 1.25 Show At Dusk walkout. I don't want any of the Humphrey delegates to walk out. Q. What can you do to rally young people behind you if you're the nominee? A. I don't believe any of these people want Richard Nixon in the White House for four more years. I will go to the young people, or anybody else, to point out a record of performance over the years, in the field of civil rights and health legislation, care of the elderly, of the children, deep dedication to public service and the public interest, and ask them to look at that record. I will also appeal to their sense of the future. I believe that I have outlined in this campaign more programs and policies for the future than any candidate. Q. Is it possible to stop McGovern from getting the nomination, and if so, how? A. I realise that my task is much more difficult, because I do not have that number of votes, of delegate votes. But his is likewise difficult. I think we have to keep in mind how these votes were accumulated. For' example, in the New York primary where Sen. McGovern received a very large number of delegates, about 12 per cent of the eligible Democratic electorate participated. Q. But there was no opposition. A. Now I believe it's fair to say that our selection process itself is found wanting. And not only for Sen. McGovern, but the rest of us. Q. The thrust of your remark seems to be the large number of delegates Sen. McGovern has pledged to him ooetn't represent his true support in the Democratic party. Is that true? A. To put H m the affirmative, I believe that I have a broaderbaseof support Q. You mentioned some flaw in the selection process. Is it in the process or in the way that you and Sen. Muskie and other opponents of Sen. McGovern have used the process? In other words, have you made mistakes that, had you not made them, might have made a difference? A. Oh, yes. I'm sure of that. I commend Sen. McGovem's organization and the enthusiasm of his people. I think it's well known that it's very difficult to get people out to precinct caucuses and into primary elections. Q. How would you end the Vietnam war and get our prisoners back? A. The procedure is to set a date and announce that date to Hanoi, as to the time of withdrawal of all American forces, provided that within that frame of time that North Vietnam release our prisoners of war and identify the missing in action. I would seek international supervision. I would also seek a cease-fire, but I would not condition our withdrawal on a cease-fire. Q. So actually there's no substantial difference between your position and the President's? A. And the latest position of the President. Prior to that the President had conditioned the withdrawal of forces from Vietnam on the basis that there would be no take-over of the vernment of South Vietnam Q. Barlier yjMoutlimdan in- drclment of President Niton's haiMHint of the economy. But there are some good signs, too. The economy ii expanding, millions of new jobs have been created, inflation is down to roughly half Its peak, an inflation that started when you were vice president, What would you do that Nixon hasn't done to improve the economy. A. Well, of course, the population of the country grows. You've got to create jobs. The point is that the number of jobs that were eliminated under the Nixon tight-money, high-interest-rate policy of the first couple of years of his administration. Trouble is, inflation hasn't been curbed. The wholesale price index went up three- tMs It* month art afl the projection! at* that food prim are gemg up- again., ";,•„:• $: I do Hot consider the eaminnH'* tration's price control progrti** effective. Much talk, no action ' Q. How would you improve It?' A.By enforcement,with severe penalties for violations, i Q. Would you retain the- present form of controls? A. t think for the immediate period of time, until you get inflation pretty much under control, you ought to continue what you have, with enforcement.; But as you taper off into what you call Phase), I would then go only to the large industries and; into the areas of big capital and large work forces. Copper is the oldest metal known to man. MLHOLUMAN nmnuCROINlEY UVrWRES MGOOFIEY Mm f-Mftt I Owta 8 *«. 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