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Campaign `72 / McGovern-Nixon #466230

NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 18, 1972
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(Studio) George McGovern off on another campaign swing. President Nixon representative by 1st Lady on the road; beginning of 6-day trip. McGovern in West Virginia, where he attacked President Nixon for "sitting smugly atop Gallup poll."
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Logan, West Virginia) Flanked by local cands., McGovern begins campaign swing at Marshall Univ. Reception called enthusiastic. McGovern predicts win. This a.m. McGovern drove 2 hrs. to reach Logan Company Poverty in coal mining district noted. Feelings against Nixon strong on issue of mine safety and strip mining, and the economy. McGovern tours coal company machine shop, accompanied by Mrs. McGovern. [McGOVERN - asks workers about prospects.] [WORKER - thinks McGovern will win.] [McGOVERN - criticizes Nixon administration on mine safety.] [Unidentified MAN - assents.] McGovern tells rally of proposed Appalachia program. [Placards against strip mining shown.] [McGOVERN - speaks of Appalachia program.] Democrat make-up of West Virginia noted; said conservative. So McGovern said to have come to convince them he is not wild-eyed radical.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Chicago, Illinois) President Nixon continues to stay away from any active campaigning. Today Mrs. Nixon left on 6-day, 7-state campaign tour. 1st stop, Chicago. Crowd of several hundred meet her at Republican campaign headquarters No speeches, just lots of smiles and handshakes. Welcome said not wild but warm, friendly in imp. state. [Reception crowd shown.] Mrs. Nixon thanks volunteers, urges against complacency. [Mrs. NIXON - tells workers they are doing a great job.] [Unidentified WOMAN - says she loves to do it.] Other stops on tour noted. 1st of Mrs. Nixon's extended tours. [Child sings Nixon campaign song.] Mrs. Nixon speaks of bringing White House to people. Reporter says she campaigns for her husband's reelection.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

(Studio) Anchorman notes this is Mrs. Nixon's longest campaign trip without her husband.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Kiker, Douglas;
Valeriani, Richard

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