NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 18, 1972
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(Studio) White House announces Nixon campaign trip to Texas, for overnight stay at John Connally home. Nixon, ahead in polls, campaigns little himself, but has small army out campaigning for him.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Atlanta, Georgia) Trans. Secretary John Volpe speaks at Atlanta breakfast. [VOLPE - speaks of Vietnam troop withdrawal.]
REPORTER: Ron Nessen
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) At noon, consumer affairs advsr., Virginia Knauer, speaks in Philadelphia. [KNAUER - talks of moving in right direction.]
(Vernon Center, Minnesota) Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz speaks at farm festival. [BUTZ - speaks of concern for rural people.]
(DC) Nixon campaign organization said using 35 cabinet and government officials, Senators and Representatives, in all parts of country to campaign. Allows Nixon to remain in White House giving impression he is too busy being good President to waste time on politics. [Film of campaign office workers shown.] Nixon campaign org. insists it pays all expenses when government official makes strictly political appearance, but taxpayers still get stuck with lot of bills and lose services of officials and aides who are drawing government salaries. Example: Agriculture Secretary Butz made 3 stops in 1 day. Nixon campaign reimbursed the Air Force only for transportation to the 1st stop; because Butz said other 2 appearances were nonpolitical, yet Agriculture Secretary embraced local Republican candidates at every stop, and it was hard to see difference between political and nonpolitical speeches. [Film of Butz's trips shown.] [BUTZ - says, all of you help me; we've got a job to tell our story.] Nixon not 1st President to use government officials in political campaign. Most recent President have done same. That's one advantage a President has over his challenger. No other President, however, has used so many government officials to make so many political speeches in so many places.