NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1978
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(Studio) George Wallace's political career recalled; his announcement on Tuesday that he won't seek Senate seat being vacated by retiring John Sparkman and his inability to succeed himself as Alabama governor reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Photos and films shown; comments by Wallace quoted. Wallace's stand against desegregation, as evidenced by his action at University of Alabama, described. [WALLACE - forbids integration of University of Alabama as ordered by central government] Wallace's positions on central government and fed. interference stated and his success in slowing integration in North and South noted. Assassination attempt on him during 1972 presidential campaign stop in MD and its results to his political and personal life examined. Alabama governor's attempts to make comeback in 1976 presidential campaign and losses in Florida and North Carolina primaries cited. Death of Wallace's 1st wife from cancer and divorce from 2nd mentioned. Expectations that Wallace would run for Senator stated.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Montgomery, Alabama) Wallace's announcement of decision not to run, made during vacation, noted as given during speech to Alabama League of Municipalities in Mobile. [WALLACE - has decided not to be senate candidate, during vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama.] Governor's refusal to elaborate on decision and his news conference today in Montgomery mentioned. His denials of health, finances and poll results as reasons for decision cited. [WALLACE - responds to questions about making decision on desire not to leave Alabama to spend so much time in DC. Didn't say he's retiring from pols. nor that he isn't; just that he won't run for Senator Hasn't got in mind another office for which to run.] Impression gotten by those present that Wallace has run last political race described. [WALLACE - just decided he didn't want to run.] View of those covering Wallace's political campaigns that he enjoyed running more than serving in elected office noted.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones (WALA-TV newstape, Mobile)
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