× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Campaign `72 / Surrogate Candidates #466233

NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 18, 1972
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(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.

Chancellor, John;
Nessen, Ron

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.