CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 12, 1968
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(Studio) Report on ex-Alabama Governor George Wallace's Presidential campaign.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Alabama) Crowd applauds Wallace. [WALLACE - says militants, revolutionaries', activists, anarchists, and Communists caused break-down of law and order.] His backers 16% of voters. [WOMAN - tells girls where to sit.] [MAN - tells crowd to contribute funds in buckets girls passing around.] 5-6,000 letters pour in with contributions. Gets $20-40,000 daily. [2nd WOMAN - says thank God for Wallace.] They're trying to get on ballot in all states. Jul. 23, 1968 film shot in Massachusetts shows campaign work. [3rd WOMAN - explains procedures.] [2nd MAN - cites petitions he has.] [4th WOMAN - asks how many he has.] Wallace on ballot of about 1/2 states. Preparing lawsuit to help him in Ohio. Has ad hoc staff of 1 law firm in all states and Alabama staffers. [Ex-Press Secretary to Lurleen Wallace Ed EWING - explains procedures.] [Attorney Cecil JACKSON - explains political aspects to Wallace.] Traveling coordinator, Bill Jones, worked in 1946 for Collegian Wallace campaign to become President, University cotillion. [John DECARLO - explains things to Wallace with regard to ballot.] Wallace and staff shown on phone. Both ptys. fear he'll deny candidates electoral major Fear he'll demand reverse of civil rights legislature in return for electors. [WALLACE - says whoever is President must admit change trends needed. They're tired of tax-exempt foundations not paying taxes; tired of Supreme Court ruling nation; tired of law and order blackout. Change needed.] Poll taker George Gallup says prototype of Wallace voter is white male Protestant in South, not in business or professions, grade school education and independent in pols. Wallace believes his hecklers make his quiet supporters admit their feelings.
REPORTER: John Hart
(W. Palm Beach, Florida) [SUPPORTER - says Wallace stands for law and order.] [2nd SUPPORTER - says he's not racist.] [3rd SUPPORTER - says hard-working Americans fed up with way pols. run cntry.] [4th SUPPORTER - says for Wallace because of how he talks.] [WALLACE - says when he is President, all can tour every section of Washington, DC if National Guard has to be placed everywhere.] Wallace telling it like it is for many Americans
REPORTER: John Hart