tv Reel America Dissent of the Governed The Duffey Campaign in 1970 CSPAN September 29, 2019 4:02pm-5:01pm EDT
>> it looks good. >> this is joe duffey. he is a minister and running for the democratic nomination. he is one of several contenders, the only liberal. >> why are these people trying to subvert our country? >> i am proud to say i am american and this is my flag. i will dive for it. it. will die for motorcycles]
[band music playing] ♪ freedom! ♪ [applause] >> joe duffey has come out of nowhere. >> we are in good shape. it will be a whole new game. >> later against enormous odds, he will win a place in the primary, win the primary, and then lose in the general election. >> i think there will be a reaction. >> 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 in the would we right now, ever have the sense that the government really represents us? this is what joe and i were talking about in 1968 and 1969 and joe talked to other people, too. like the people who had worked with him in the mccarthy campaign, those that were still disturbed about the war. i suppose it was against this background that he decided to run. to find out whether he could campaign on issues and whether the two-party system in this country could respond. ♪ >> we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. >> the governor, the choice of
john daly, party boss for 35 years. ♪ [laughter] harry, how are you doing? >> he came to see me. i will wait until they come to tell me. >> duffey has been working for months to get 20% of the delegates. 20% would force the first primary in connecticut history. >> i could've had the courtroom. >> the democratic party, afraid of the loser, dropped senator tom dodd after he was censored for misappropriation of funds. ♪
the party's choice for senator is al donahue. many party regulars are sympathetic to duffey but committed to donahue on the first ballot. ♪ duffey headquarters, a trailer outside the convention. >> i cannot deal with my constituency in terms of -- >> you are not doing that. you are not saying you will deliver any votes. you are helping audrey handle herself intelligently for your benefit and her benefit. do you understand? >> yes.
>> the target is 481 votes. >> the convention is a little more open than it was. we just have to go for it. we would be idiots to be satisfied with 20%. if you compare it to the mccarthy campaign, i can't get the same feeling about working for the candidate. just because he is my father i guess. >> michael duffy. >> when you feel ideological about a candidate, you get that unknown drive. because of the issues, i cannot feel that. because he is my father. it is weird trying to work for him because i cannot get the same feeling. it has affected the family life. it has been kind of hard sometimes. not especially for me but for my mother, especially.
i have lived with her for a long time. i can take a leave in the campaign whenever i want. -- i can take a leave from the campaign whenever i want. it is harder on her. it is always affecting her when he is not there. i kind of like it. sometimes it is nice not to have him there. 2:00 in theut until morning and not have to face him when i come home. ♪ "we want joe!"] >> i found myself very impatient after 1968 with the people who
wanted to give up political activity and somehow wanted to talk of disruption and revolution in romantic terms and people on the other side to -- there were the people that had given up and those that thought politics as usual was enough. >> [cheers and chanting] we would not have to have gestapo tactics on the streets of chicago. >> how hard it is, how hard it is to accept the truth.
>> chicago in 1968 left a question in everyone's mind. would the democratic party ever again be the party of american liberals? joe duffey 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. >> councilmen? -- councilman? >> 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 for your candidacy but in effect, you are telling us you possibly may not end up supporting the democratic nominee of the convention. >> the other slate has been announcing itself as uncommitted. according to a very strong
rumor. that is committed to senator dodd. i have no sympathy with politicians like senator dodd and others in the state who anticipated spiro agnew this time 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 problems 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. >> he has been my idol for years. >> my idol. >> is the democratic party going to be responsive to the people? in the past it has always been that an uncommitted delegation has been sent to hartford. where some omnipresent force
upstairs tells the delegates what to do and who to vote for. >> we tried in this campaign to do the one thing and that is to build an organization. to supplement and help serve the already existing democratic organization. >> they would still like to push donahue, he is noncontroversial. that is the great thing. i have been attacked all over the state. as a communist. a number of rumors have been started about my background. we are in that stage of the game. >> i think bailey has committed himself to the governorship. i do not think he cares all that much. that is my own reading of it. i could be very, very wrong. >> does that make any sense? >> yes. >> what was your name, duffy?
>> duffey, right? >> duffey grew up in west virginia, the son of an irish coalminer. he became a minister and opposed the war early acquired a phd in urban sociology and was appointed to the democratic national policy committee. replaced gall brace -- galbraith . he is married, has two sons and went to chicago for mccarthy. >> i'm running for the democratic nomination. >> i'm from out of town. >> what town do you live in? >> meredith. i wish you luck. >> the mccarthy campaign tried to bring pressure on the professional politicians but it was all power and confrontation. politics is involved beyond that with persuasion, coaxing, and
cajoling. you 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 on the ladder side. there was self-righteousness in his campaign. i am not happy with the campaign just based on these protests. i think i am much more concerned about, feel in my gut more deeply, economic injustice in the united states than he seems to. we are different kinds of people. >> the candidate's son. >> you are in that position. >> you don't want to be the candidate's son? you went to the chicago convention. you were there when history was made.
smell the tear gas? what do you remember about the convention, david? is that what you used to think politics was about? >> i think you have to have -- revolution is politics. any attempt by which people try to make decisions -- are you kidding me? political affairs, so great. the conducting and participation
in political affairs. often as a profession. the people. you are not talking about, you know -- politics is rhetoric. >> i am completely convinced -- donohue. you -- al -- that the philosophy of the democratic party was, is, and hopefully will always will be the philosophy of most of the people of this country. it is or should be the party of the people. i am very comfortable being a democrat because in addition to all else, i think the democratic party has been good for business. >> the man who cares about people. where are you joe? ♪
[band music playing] ♪ [cheers and applause] >> a senseless war that many of us thought was coming to an end. has suddenly been expanded. in indochina last week, 217 americans died. but we are also growing used to a more horrifying body count in this country from places like jackson, mississippi, and agusta
and kent state. a united states grand jury investigation has strengthened the suspicion that a black panther named fred hampton was shot in his bed without provocation. and national leaders who a few months ago were outraged about courtroom antics in chicago, have been completely silent. construction workers have beaten demonstrators in the streets of new york. the stock market goes down and thousands lose their jobs and prices and taxes rise higher. >> we may get shut out of this convention. people are saying we should eliminate the extremists, 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
retainer is from their law fees profiting by their activities in politics who decide what is to -- what is too liberal for the state. last week in the industrial area, i had indications of support but it has all been silenced. with threats of one kind or another. >> it is going to be a tough convention. there will be a lot of arm-twisting. if we do not watch our people -- >> duffey's campaign manager, ann wexler. >> they don't want a primary. nothing would please this party more than to give the nomination to someone with 80%. >> if we are not aware of what is happening and we don't pay attention -- at 19%, it was a nice exercise in democracy. at 20%, it is a ballgame. >> the only way it works.
[bagpipes playing] ♪ >> not according to greed. or personal ambition. let us pray in the name of the , father, son and holy spirit. >> john bailey. gabe ribicoff. [applause] al donahue. >> i know. to each his own. >> al donahue is a super manufacturer with 13 children and $30 million. >> get over here.
>> we stand on our toes -- >> the keynote address. >> the senator from indiana. we are adopting a wait and see attitude about some of the critical problems we have ever confronted. >> did he give you any indication? >> he told me last week he wants to vote for me and he would like to but arthur made him treasurer of the town and he depends on barberry. >> i think the nominations to the party will become an albatross. >> lbj's former press secretary. the reverend bill moyers. >> he went down in the primaries.
>> they destroy the party this way. >> the last of the dinosaurs. the dying of a dinosaur. you could do well on a second ballot. >> i know i could. >> >> you ought to press for it. if you put enough pressure on them, they will have to be a little careful with how to handle this. [cheering] >> we should get this thing over with. >> why make a big deal out of it? i think we would've had to acquiesce. >> state senator ed marcus, he also qualified to challenge in a primary. >> he simply cannot wake up to the fact that it is 1970.
[applause] the primary on the 19th of august. >> maybe i will see what happens. >> good luck to you. >> you know about that primary on the 19th? >> unfortunately, i will not see you. >> good to meet you. >> i live abroad and i know the effect it has on the dollar. they have no respect. >> you have two homes.
and the property tax and wish and at school. they just keep on going up. >> just getting this primary -- >> the first time he has had a primary in the democratic party. it is a healthy thing. >> that is enough, mr. duffy. >> i think mr. donahue will give me a straight answer to this question. will he accept a limitation of $50,000 on television advertising? then we can come to some clearer understanding of what is involved. . >> if we can turn that direction so the banging does not come through on the mic. >> the railroad system does not work. the answer to that problem is not more money in a failing system.
the answer is changing the system in a fundamental way so it will change -- so it will work in the future. it is a very good time to be speaking to unions because they are in trouble. the unemployment, the pressures the collective bargaining , process is breaking down. i was in bristol last night. where a group of printers are dealing with a shop. they discovered suddenly when they went out on strike this year, they are no longer dealing with a local printing shop. they are dealing with a conglomerate. with american can. write itt decide to off as a loss this year. it is a very different collective bargaining situation. much tougher situation. >> the other difficulty is being a minister in politics. it is that you are too moral. nolan has accused me of that yet. >> the northeast is where this whole country started.
we invented this flag. when there were only 13 stars, mostly northeastern states. he is going to endorse joe duffy. >> he is? he is terrific. a hell of a guy. we had dinner the other night. with metzenbaum and harry o'brien. >> i met him in indy. >> oh yeah? >> it was just incredible. >> did you go to the west coast? >> we were everywhere. >> were you in portland at all? >> i was there in 1965. >> i lived right around there. >> 42 cats. >> 42 cats?
>> what kind of cats? >> cat cats. >> the best type. >> there is a new opportunity in connecticut to bring these groups together. with the people who are being demeaned and called the silent majority. 86,000 men in this state without jobs. 25,000 of them in the next few wakes will have to make decisions about whether to apply for 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 mr. marcus suggests. his term as senator will begin
in january. that is when the fight was to be going on. >> some charge your campaign has been taken over by the left? >> most of my positions in this --paign mr. marcus and mr. have taken over. i am the only candidate the far-left and far-right attack. >> 1, 2, 3. ♪ ♪ >> what kind of senator would he
-- what kind of senator will joe duffy be when all of our programs for progress are stopped at the door of -- or their ilk? he will be the senator of the democratic party, he will say. stop it. this is 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 floor when the next bay of tonkin resolution comes up. we need someone to be the voice of conscience of the united states senate, somebody who will be the author of our time. ladies and gentlemen, senator joseph duffey. >> no one has this primary sewed
up. buttoned up, or zippered up. [applause] >> it is a wide open fight, and we are in it to win. some of you know what is happened since the convention. mr. donahue went to new york to make television commercials. i'm sure he will be seeing them again and again and again between now and the primary. mr. marcus has been to vietnam and i have been to bridgeport, water very and -- -- waterbury and -- 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. >> donahue for democrat. >> is there a way out of vietnam? this is ed marcus.
i went to vietnam to talk to our troops. >> duffey had long opposed the war. his opponents called him the peace candidate. by 1970, everyone was tired of the war. say we can pull our troops out now. no matter what the political machine may say. >> vote ed marcus for senator. >> primary day, very close. 800 votes either way, that is how close it is, we think. o 1000. >> 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 challenge is being overruled. >> what do we do now? >> you can take a look at that list, you hold the list at the if they did out vote, the dead people.
challenge then. >> we have to do the election over? >> no, just knock out that precinct. >> so, what else is new? >> some statement in which i plan to say i support the ticket. >> wide tonight? -- why tonight? >> you announce your intentions tomorrow. >> you would discuss all the political ramifications tomorrow. >> you can congratulate him. >> wish him well. >> call him and tell him that you fully intend to do it tomorrow. a private call. >> where does it start? >> you congratulate him for a great victory and so forth, and blah, and then you
announce your intentions tomorrow. 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. >> how many voted? >> that would have been they were talking 40%, 50%. >> the polls close at 8:00. broken machine provides the first returns. >> we look very strong. >> we win. we win with these. -- we win with ease. >> that's true. >> yeah. >> duffey doing quite well. trends developing, but no large cities. a little town is no great surprise because that is a college town and duffey has the intellectual community helping him along, so taking middletown is no surprise. and donahue taking meredith is
no surprise but not by much. less than 200 votes. at this point, duffey -- there is a slight trend developing for duffey. >> donahue needs more out of hartford. to help them along. he only has 200. almost half of the city is in. >> eastward, duffey ahead. duffey is very close to donahue. >> it is a surprise. >> here we are. 35 out of 45 districts in hartford. the united states senate nomination, duffey leading donahue. [applause] [laughter] >> duffey by nine votes.
joe!"]nting "we want >> stand on your principles. [cheering and applause] >> we are going to win in november because in this campaign we have brought together people who were told a year ago they could never stand side-by-side. [cheering and applause] >> spiro agnew notwithstanding -- [cheering] >> why do you think joe did so much better in the primary?
>> several reasons, even i thought he did. several reasons. >> one, the market vote was higher than we thought it would be. the market vote was the dodd vote. it was a strict law and order vote, to a large degree. two, all the people who supported joe duffey did our job. we got the vote out. >> -- family name, duffey. this could be, the last weekend they enjoyed for the next six years. think about it. joe duffey for united states senate.
>> i don't see a lot of pluses in the pectoral count -- pic toral count. could do a slide 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 streets, parks, and businesses -- >> he started the campaign by suggesting the basic differences where i was working outside the system, and he has chosen to work inside the system, stresses his experience as a first selectman in greenwich. he has suggested i am somehow responsible, and those involved
with me in the protest against , the war in vietnam, for the current campus violence in the country. that is about all he has said to this >> we tried to present the point. 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. >> let us look for a moment at mr. duffy's political army, the ada and see what i mean. , [applause] >> i refer to amnesty, a subject filled with controversy and emotion. when young militants lay siege to and forcefully take over college facilities -- >> duffey, a target of spiro agnew's rhetoric saying 35,000 , men and women who had jobs don't have jobs today. tom dodd has 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 in most instances. 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. fashion is not my style. >> i said we had a pretty good chance of winning, better than a pretty good chance, head and all -- we are ahead in all the polls. >> i made no apology i have always fought for defense business for connecticut. we are known as the arsenal of democracy. >> dodd, 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. i think i am right about the kind of reforms we need to make the taxation system in this country just and fair. it is unfair to put sales and property taxes on top of the federal income tax. >> people who gave the money in this campaign made their money because of the capital gain situation. they did not think it was a good thing for joe to say. joe feels he can defend it. beyond that, they thought it was rather politically inept at this point and i agree with them. >> where do you need someone? >> everywhere. >> connecticut registration is one third democratic, one third republican, one third independent. >> i am senator dodd.
>> can you tell us why? >> i don't know. he has passed a lot of gun control acts and is a good senator and better than most of them. >> i don't like politics. it is really foul. those guys make all those promises, never carrying them out. they are not too smart sometimes. when i become of age to vote, i will vote. when i become of age to vote, i will not vote. i say to hell with it. >> how do you think we will make changes? >> the united states or the world? >> booth. >> -- both. well, nixon is trying to change the world but he won't do too much either. i feel like taking off and
getting out of this world. >> when you think about duffey? >> we don't know the president running our country. >> why is that? that is the way it is. >> i don't know. i just followed the group. sound stupid but i guess that is what everybody does. he is presbyterian. >> 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. i guess the way it should stay. >> can i ask your name again? >> gary. >> full name? >> just that. >> i voted for dodd. >> can you tell me why? >> i just feel he is the only one that got caught taking money.
>> you feel sympathetic? >> yes. >> the fact that he got nominated shows that people have a voice. >> duffey. >> why? >> he is the lesser of the evils. >> that was the case but i guess ofegan -- i have been sort amazed with what we have achieved. what astonished me is the chutzpah that started the whole thing is incredible. we had assurances of $12,000 was -- we had assurances of $12,000 when 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 disturb people the most?
>> i run into people who say, 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. before then i had not been able to do it because i took it too personally, i guess. you know, i began to realize what i have is a person, a steak -- you know, i began to realize that i have a personal stake in this campaign. >> what is that? >> i don't completely i know. i know i am scared for this country in the next two years, six months. i have listened to mr. agnew and mr. nixon. 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.
>> i know he us to go up for six months. >> he will never get it right. it is a different set of --. we have >> put it on channel 30. 30. this is terrible. put it on channel 30. >> joe in indiana -- put it on channel 30. this is terrible. >> with just a small town so -- just the small towns have come in so far. so we are waiting to see how the cities are. dodd has really cut into it. >> joe, now, i am scared. dodd is getting a lot of republican votes. yup. oh, half an hour.
>> yes. getting in the second district. >> we want to make sure we are stressing accuracy here. >> cbs has sent in its profile and they say -- is the winner. it certainly appears that way. >> let's look at deep river. gets the nod with deep river. and so does weichert with 683 votes. 753 -- duffey, 691. dodd, 149. >> i haven't heard any cities except -- >> i need to work on the speech. >> you don't have to work on it. >> [indiscernible]
-- that we forget about our tomorrows. we forget our tomorrows begin today. >> the pain you and me, blue-collar workers -- , thetween you and me blue-collar workers. i thought he had begun to bridge it. i am still hoping. i don't put that much stock into profiles. no, i don't think they can project it. they were projecting it two years ago, six years ago. i think that we will be in there until they count the last ballot. >> a freshman candidate, now one term in congress, having served in greenwich and also the state legislature, now moving up to
the senate. quite a fast --. [typing] >> i don't know. it is still incredible to me. a lot of it is the lack of understanding. regarding the united states economy and the people that have suffered the most. >> about 70,000 ahead. for weichert. that's the way it looks like it's going to end up, 75,000 to 80,000. >> hanging in there. keep it up in your chest. don't let it get down into your got. -- into your gut.
well, we have done a lot. [laughter] ♪ >> that's all right. look, i want to stay in touch with you guys. >> i hope so. you belong to us now. >> how are you? don't give up. >> we start all over again. >> yes, we well. there is a lot to do. >> joe, stay with it. we will too. going to stay with it, it is what we have to do. >> it is just beginning. you just blow the whistle, will you? >> ok, buddy. >> come on. come on. >> please don't stop. >> don't worry. we can't stop.
we have a lot to do. there is a lot to do. don't cry. >> i can't tell if you're smiling or crying. we have a lot to do. >> there were a lot of voters i saw yesterday who think you stand for something and they don't want this, and that is reflected in the whispering campaign in the redbaiting and the threatening, the way they cheered your downfall. last night, they said at least joe didn't get in. i think they underestimated
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