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>> this year works the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the virginia general assembly in jamestown which established representative government and the colony. -- in the colony. you can watch more on this anniversary on the american history tv website. >> from the early 1960's until about 1980, filmmaker robert newman produced a number of documentaries on social justice issues for the united church associated with an united church of christ. next, duffe dissent of the gove, the duffey campaign in 1970. activist who one the democratic mary but lost --
then lose in the general election. he is one of my oldest and closest friends. we have worked together on a lot of things. after the 1968 democratic convention in chicago, we talked about trying to turn politics back to the people. whether it was possible any longer, whether the established parties would ever get around to ending the vietnam war and then we talked about the redistribution of wealth and we ever had the sense that the government really represents us? this is what joe and i were talking about in 1968 and 1969 and joe talk to other people, to write like the people who -- talked to other people, too. i suppose it was against this background that he decided to run.
>> the democratic party, afraid of the loser, dropped senator todd -- tom dodd after he was censored for misappropriation of funds. ♪ the parties choice for senator's al donahue. many party regulars are sympathetic to duffey but committed to donahue on the first ballot. duffey headquarters, a trailer outside the convention. deal with my constituency -- you are not doing that. saying you will
unknown drive. because of the issues, i cannot feel that. it is we are trying to work for him because i not -- i cannot get the same feeling. hards been kind of sometimes. for my mother, especially. i can take a leave in the campaign whenever i want. it is always affecting her when he is not there. sometimes it is nice not to have him there. ♪ chanting we want joe]
>> we would not to have this on the streets of chicago. >> how hard it is, how hard it is to accept the truth. lost -- left a8, question in everyone's mind. with the democratic party ever again be the party of liberals? he had been chairman of the mccarthy campaign in connecticut but mccarthy was shut out in chicago. for the time being, they decided to work within the party. i do not mean any disrespect, you are an ordained minister. why do you drop the title
reverend? >> asking the democratic party for your support but you are telling us you possibly may not end up supporting the democratic nominee of the convention. >> they have been announcing themselves as uncommitted. strongng to a very rumor. i have no sympathy with politicians like senator dodd and others in the state who anticipated spiro agnew by suggesting to the people of connecticut that if you put all of the young people with long hair in jail, you will solve the problem that bother most of us. you will still have pollution, the war in vietnam, the crime would still increase in cities, you would still have the inflation that accompanies the war. >> my idol.
>> is the democratic party going to be responsive to the people? the delegation has been sent to hartford. some force upstairs tells the delegates what to do and who to vote for. thingtried to do the one and that is to build an organization. help serve the already -- the democratic organization. >> they would still like to push donahue, he is noncontroversial. i have been attacked all over the state. a number of rumors have been
started about my background. we are in that stage of the game. i do not think he cares all that much. that is my own reading of it. does that make any sense? >> yes. >> duffey, right? virginia,w up in west the son of them irish -- an irish coalminer. he became a minister and opposed the war early acquired a phd in sociology and was appointed to the democratic national policy committee. sons andried, has two went to chicago for mccarthy. >> what town do you live in?
>> meredith. >> the mccarthy campaign tried to bring pressure on the politicians but it was all power and confrontation. try to make it possible for people to do what you are trying to bring them to do and i think mccarthy's campaign was a little weak. i am not happy with the campaign just based on these protests. concernedam much more about, feel in my gut more deeply, economic injustice in the united states than he seems to. we are different kinds of people.
conducting and participation in political affairs. you are not talking about, you know. politics is rhetoric. >> i am completely convinced al donahue that the philosophy of is,democratic party was, and hopefully will be -- always will be the philosophy of most of the people of this country. it is or should be the party of
>> a senseless war that many of us thought was coming to an end. week, 217last americans died. used to ao growing more fortifying body count in this country from places like jackson, mississippi, and agusta and can state -- kent state. a united states grand jury investigation has strength in suspicionion -- the that a black panther was shot in his bed without provocation. werenal leaders, who outraged about courtroom antics in chicago, have been silent. beatenction workers have demonstrators in the streets of new york. andstock market goes down thousands lose their jobs and
prices and taxes rise higher. >> we make it shut out of this convention. people are saying we should eliminate the extremist, duffey and dodd. i have been bearing down a little harder in the last two days on the difference between the perspective of a few people in hartford who draw fancy retainers profiting by their activities in politics who decide what is to liberal for the state. last week in the industrial area, i indications of support but it has all been silenced. >> it is going to be a tough convention. if we do not watch our people -- >> duffey's campaign manager, and wexler. -- ann wexler. >> they don't want a primary.
effect it has on the dollar. they have no respect. [indiscernible] >> they just keep on going. primary --ting this >> the first time he has had a primary in the democratic party. >> i think mr. donahue will give me a straight answer to this question. will he accept a limitation of $50,000 on television
advertising? >> if we can turn that direction so the banging does not come through on the mic. >> the railroad system does not work. is answer to that question not more money in a failing system. time to bey good speaking to unions because they are important -- they are in trouble. the collective bargaining process is breaking down. i was in bristol last night. with anters are dealing shop. when they went out on strike this year, they are no longer dealing with a local printing shop. they are dealing with a conglomerate. it is a very different
collective bargaining situation. much tougher situation. >> the other difficulty is being a minister in politics. >> the northeast is where this whole country started. invented this flag. stars, mostly northeastern states. he is terrific. a hell of a guy. night.dinner the other >> i met him in indy. it was just incredible.
welfare for the first time in their lives. all i bring to you is having achieved a democratic primary that can be a referendum in the state on the hard effort it will take to end the war, not by christmas, as he suggests. january.will begin in that is when the fight was to be going on. your campaigne has been taken over by the left? i am the only candidate the far-left and far-right attack. >> 1, 2, 3. ♪
>> what kind of senator would he be when all of our programs for progress are stopped at the door of their ilk? he will say, stop it. the kind of luxury we can no longer afford. we will not influence the young or the minorities as long as we live in this hypocrisy. he is the kind of senator you and i would want on the senate
next at the time the resolution comes up. we need someone to be the voice of conscience of the united states senate, somebody of our time. gentlemen, senator duffy. no one has been that buttoned up, zippered. [applause] andt is a wide open fight, we are in it to win. york tohue went to new make television commercials. i am sure you will be seeing him again and again and again between now and the primary. been to bridgeport, water
. announcer: what he needed was funds for college, what he got was his army physical. our men are dying in a war that doesn't make sense. let's be honest, withdrawal from vietnam doesn't mean withdrawal from the world. >> is there a way out of vietnam? this is ed marcus. >> duffy had long opposed the war. his opponents called him the peace candidate. by 1970, everyone was tired of the war. >> so i say we can pull out troops out of combat now, no matter with the political machine may say. >> vote ed marcus for senator. >> primary day, very close. , that is either way how close it is, we think. 800. we have gotten him and check them against the boat, a couple of districts in one town. while your challenger is
challenging many, many people, every challenges being overruled. >> what do we do now? >> you can take a look at that vote.nd find out did they challenge then. >> we have to do the election over? >> no, just knock out that precinct. >> so, what else? >> [inaudible] >> some statement in which i plan to say i support the ticket. announce your intentions tomorrow. >> you would discuss all the political ramifications tomorrow. you can congratulate him. >> wish him well. >> a private call.
>> where does it start? you congratulate him for a great victory and so forth, and then announced whatever. you are the whole show tomorrow. >> you will have all the tv. they will pay attention. i would do it early, 10:00, make sure they all get their newscast. that would have been they were talking 40%, 50%. >> the polls close at 8:00. broken machine provides the first returns. >> we win. >> that's true. >> yeah. >> duffy doing quite well.
developing, but no large cities. a little town is no great surprise because that is a college town and duffy has the intellectual community helping them along, so taking middletown is no surprise. donahue taking that is no surprise but not by much. less than 200 votes. this point, a slight trend developing for duffy. more out ofeeds hartford. he only has 200. >> eastward, duffy ahead. it is a surprise. >> here we are.
side-by-side. [applause] spiro agnew notwithstanding -- [applause] >> why do you think he did better in the primary? >> several reasons, even i thought he did. several reasons. one, it was higher than we thought it would be. strict come along order boat, to a large degree. two, all the people who joe duffy did our job. we got the vote out.
>> -- family name, duffy. this could be the last weekend they enjoyed for the next six years. think about it. joe duffy for united states senate. >> you all set? >> what did he call the last one? >> that is the copy. >> i don't see a lot in the pictorial. or something if we -- [sirens] >> connecticut has good state and local police department. >> his running mate stresses law and order. >> has governor, i will make our eets, parks, and businesses -- >> he started the campaign by suggesting the basic differences were i was working outside the
system, and he has chosen to work inside the system, stresses his experience as a for select first electmen in greenwich. he has suggested i am somehow responsible, and those involved in meat, in the protest against the war in vietnam, for the current campus violence in the country. we tried to present the middle road, moderate point of view, and if my calculations are right, we are in good shape. we have the right principles we are standing behind. army, duffy's political and see what i mean. [applause] amnesty, a subject filled with controversy and emotion.
when young militants lay siege and to cover college facilities -- >> duffy, a target of spiro rhetoric, saying 35,000 men and women who had jobs don't have jobs today. >> he was asked about agnew. >> he has his style and his passion. i think what is more important is the substance of what he says and has been substantially right and what he says. i think some of his prose has been purple, is that how you say it? i would not have said it, but that style is not my style. i said we had a pretty good , better than ang pretty good chance, head and all the polls.
i made no apology i have always fought for defense business for connecticut. >> despite his recent heart attack, he entered the race as an independent. he is a spoiler that will split the democratic vote. the justice department has dropped its plan to investigate him. i think we had a major crisis yesterday in the campaign, we had a program that had a strong statement about the capital gains tax that was a test for our supporters. about theam right reforms we need about the taxation reforms in this country needed to make it just and fair. unfair to put sales and property tax on top of the income tax. money in who gave the this campaign made their money because of the capital gain situation.
it.feels he can defend beyond that, they thought it was politically inept. >> where do you need someone? >> everywhere. >> registration is one third democratic, one third republican, one third independent. >> can you tell us why? >> i don't know. he has passed a lot of gun acts and is a good senator and better than most of us. >> i don't like politics. it is really foul. those guys make all those promises, never carrying them out there they are not too smart sometimes. vote, iecome of age to will vote. i say to hell with it. >> how do you think we will make
changes? >> the united states or the world? nixon this trying to change the but he won't do too much either. taking off and .etting out of this world >> when you think about duffey? >> we don't know the president running our country. ? why is that? >> i don't know. >> why is that? >> i don't know. it is just a figure of speech. >> how do you feel about -- >> they don't bother me as long as they don't get their work involved in the politics. it's a democracy, not a
theocracy. >> can i ask your name again? >> gary. >> full name? >> just that. >> can you tell me why? >> i just feel he's young when they got caught taking money. do you feel synthetic? >> yes. -- sympathetic? >> yes. >> the fact that got nominated shows that people have a voice. >> duffey. >> why? >> he is the lesser of the evils. we havee been amazed achieved what we have achieved. me is thetonished chutzpah that started the whole thing is incredible.
wasad assurances of $12,000 we started. when it is over, i assume it will be $1 million. i don't know where that money is coming from. >> what about the issues you brought up on the things that would disturbed people the most. say,run into people who you want to get rid of the defense industries. those are our jobs. we won't have any jobs. we can't see anything beyond the present defense industry. that worries me. just yesterday, i sensed the whole political value of the campaign. i took it too personally, i guess. you know, i began to realize what i have is a person, a steak in this campaign. >> what is that? >> i don't completely i know. for thisam scared
country in the next two years, six months. it has been hard for our family, but as i said, i begin to realize more so, some of the virtues he has politically, and some of the ways i admire him for that, and i guess i am proud of him. >> he will never get it right. it is a different dust >> the other side of the world. -- channel 30. this is terrible. put it on channel 30. >> with just a small town so far, so we are waiting to see
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the process. [applause] ♪ [laughter] >> it is not all or nothing. there is a lot to do. ♪ >> no worries. [indiscernible] well, we have done a lot. [laughter] ♪ >> that's all right. look, i want to stay in touch with you guys. >> you belong to us. >> how are you? don't give up. there is a lot to do. joe, stay with it. we will too.
it is just beginning. >> just blow the whistle, will you? >> ok, buddy. >> come on. come on. >> don't worry. we can't stop. we have a lot to do. there is a lot to do. don't cry. we have a lot to do. >> there were a lot of voters i think youday who stand for something and they that isnt this, and reflected in the whispering andaign in the redbaiting , the way theyg
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