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22 hours ago, PringlesN7 said:

Due to widespread internet issues throughout my area my posts may be short for the next day or two.

Nixon heads to Philadelphia for a rally and brings Senator Edward Brooke along with him for a joint speech. The speech focuses on Brooke's support of Nixon and his confidence that Nixon will ensure African Americans are represented, especially in Philadelphia. Nixon also clarifies his position on Vietnam. "However tragic this war may be, we must honor the lives of those fallen soldiers. I believe we must attempt to have a ceasefire and I will do so on day 1 of entering office. Do not think though, that if North Vietnam declines our generous offer that I will be complacent in it... Should North Vietnam decline I have a secret plan to end the War. I'd prefer not to release any detailed statement on it as the present Administration continues to fight in the area. And no, we're not going to use nuclear weapons like others might advocate." At the end of the rally both Nixon and Brooke discuss the dangers Goldwater presents to the nation concerning opposition to Civil Rights, and "Common Sense" government programs. 

 

Nixon heads to Oklahoma for a private meeting with Governor Dewey Bartlett. Bartlett, being the first Catholic Governor of Oklahoma has obviously felt skepticism from Protestants in the South. Nixon assures him he'll do what he can to help his reelection when the time comes and emphasizes the danger Goldwater and his supporters present to Bartlett... as they are the Republicans that oppose him. After emphasizing that, Nixon reminds Bartlett of the tactics Goldwater delegates used to scare African American delegates out of the 1964 convention. Nixon requests any help he can to deliver Oklahoma's delegation and stop Goldwater's monopoly on the South.

 

Nixon invites Hugh Scott for a meeting hoping to gain his endorsement ahead of the Pennsylvania primary. Nixon emphasizes the threat Goldwater poses to the party and the definite losses Republicans will have in the Senate if he becomes the nominee. Before leaving Nixon cajoles the Senators ability to get legislation passed... and looks forward to working with Senator Scott to get things done if Nixon becomes President.

 

***Nixon Endorsement Tracker***

  1. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Doesn’t influence delegates directly, but good to have for any reason I suppose)

  2. Warren P. Knowles (Governor of Wisconsin, Fusion Ticket in WI Primary.)

  3. Spiro Agnew (Governor of Maryland, will deliver delegates at RNC and attempt to sway Southern Delegates doubting electability of Goldwater.)

  4. Governor Jim Rhodes of Ohio. (Will do as much as he can to get support for Nixon in Ohio)

  5. Representative Thomas B. Curtis of Missouri. (Will deliver Missouri’s delegation at the RNC)

  6. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts .

  7. Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois.

  8. Senator Frank Carlson (Will deliver the Kansas delegation at the RNC. Nixon instructs him to influence Eisenhower/Moderate Republicans in any way he can.)

Rally (3): The rally is poorly attended and Nixon's rhetoric on Civil Rights, while appealing to liberals, continues to drag him down with the white moderates and white working class in Philadelphia. Standing next to Brooke, for better or for worse, doesn't help.

Schmooze (3): Bartlett prefers Nixon but he's just not ready to make that comittment yet. Let's wait for more primaries.

Influence (4): Torn between Rockefeller and Nixon, it is likely that Scott will sit this primary out and wait for one sole nominee.

Overall: -5. Tough week for Nixon as he is drowned out. His campaign needs to project the strength of a frontrunner and just couldn't deliver this week.

13 hours ago, Hestia11 said:

(Sorry for short, busy day!)

Johnson visits Philadelphia to tout his experience and how he'll continue to deliver for the Rust Belt. He pledges to include prominent Pennsylvania Democrats at the highest levels of power as he continues in the race and in the Presidency.

Johnson schmoozes with African-American voters and stresses his commitment to the voting rights acts that he has passed, which he claims makes him their greatest defender in office.

Johnson influences Georgia Democrats, appearing at a convention for the party in Atlanta where he speaks about the need for moderation and continued strength in foreign affairs.

Rally (1!): LBJ is shouted down from both sides! It turns out that both a local conservative union backing Wallace and students from UPenn in support of RFK will be protesting at the same time at his speech. It led to an odd moment of anti-establishment solidarity as the entire nation got to watch LBJ's unpopularity unite RFK and Wallace supporters.

Influence (2): Johnson drops the n-word in jest... several times. While the leaders know he's joking, it's an awful look and they leave thinking "is this really the best we can do"?

Schmooze (10!): Coming off his troubles up north, LBJ is greeted by an adoring crowd of Georgia Democratic insiders. While the most prominent Georgia Democrat, Governor Maddox, may be leaning towards Wallace, the party structure still loves hearing from the President.

Overall: -2. LBJ's week is saved from total disaster by the South! But it's bad news among black voters and in Pennsylvania.

13 hours ago, buenoboss said:

Rockefeller has a mega-rally in Philadelphia with George Romney. He talks about his experience as Governor of New York, his liberalism, and his connections with working-class voters and unions.

Rockefeller meets with his old friend, former Governor of Pennsylvania William Scranton, and asks for his endorsement. He talks about the need to stop Goldwater and how they can finally do it this year. He says Scranton's policy experience would be helpful and maybe he would make a good choice for UN Ambassador or even Labor.

Rockefeller has a dinner party with East Coast party bosses and brings Prescott Bush and John Chafee, his endorsements from the East Coast to. (This is an endorsement event)

Rockefeller meets with Harold Stassen and tries to get his endorsement. He talks about their liberal record and the need to stop Goldwater. He did this and endorsed Dewey to stop Taft, and he can do it again.

Rally (10!): Rockefeller and Romney turn the rally on! It's a major moment for a previously ailing campaign as Rockefeller gathers support in a northeastern state.

Influence (6): Scranton will endorse Rockefeller. He appreciates the possibility of both positions and will gladly take either.

Endorsement (7): The dinner goes well and the Connecticut and Rhode Island delegates drift further and further towards Rockefeller.

Influence (2): Stassen begins to glitch out of the world and passes out. He is a useless human and will surely ruin any campaign he touches.

Overall: +8. A great week for Rockefeller as he gathers much needed momentum that he has been lacking.

9 hours ago, ALiteralNeoliberal said:

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Young takes Sen. Lausche golfing, then to dinner at the country club, asking for his endorsement afterwards,

Rally
At a rally at a park in downtown Columbus, Young touts his liberal voting record,

Influence (2): More bad luck with Lausche

Rally (5): The rally is average and keeps up Young's name rec.

Overall: -3. Young backslides in Ohio.

7 hours ago, Herbert Hoover said:

Kennedy speaks to voters in PA. He talks about how dangerous Wallace is to the party and how he attempted to sink JFK's chances just four years prior. (Rally - Pennsylvania)

Kennedy speaks to the Tennessee state delegation and continues schmoozing Gore. He continues to appeal to Gore's more liberal streak and offers consideration in his administration. (Schmooze - Tennessee)

Kennedy butters up labor unions, stating that he is the only candidate with a chance of winning the general that could strengthen their legal protections. (Influence - Labor Unions)

Rally (1!): RFK's rally is plagued by unionized Wallace supporters from the Philly suburbs protesting and heckling RFK off stage, calling him "pretty boy" and "Elite Bobby"

Influence (2): RFK just can't find footing in the South. Breaking through the LBJ-Wallace conflict in the Southern democratic party seems just about impossible for the Massachusetts liberal.

Influence (10!): This group of unions is finally receptive to RFK and he chips away at Wallace's populist appeal, strengthening Kennedy in Pennsylvania.

Overall: -2. Kennedy has a bright spot with unions but struggles in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

7 hours ago, Cenzonico said:

After another win, Goldwater goes to Erie, Pennsylvania talking about the Vietnam War, and a little bit the road ahead.

I Worked on Barry Goldwater’s Campaign. Here’s the Moment ...

"Well, look at that. Even with everyone trying to bring me down I still manage to win Wisconsin! That I tell is the real power of the Conservative movement. But besides that, we will have to fight hard from here. Every faction has united, and ours will of course take the attacks since they have nothing better to do. But I believe that the American people can get past the fear mongering and instead look at each candidate individuality and decide who they think will represent them the best. Now, this rally will likely not go smoothly. You might say, "why is that?" Well today I am going to talk about the War in Vietnam and why we must ramp up our efforts there! Look, as I have said before we must fight the red menace at every opportunity we got! America can not let the ideology of Communism expand into any nation around the world! We can not let Saigon fall meanwhile we supply them with guns and ammo and send our soldiers to their front! Of course, people will be quick to say that we can not let anymore young men die over in a useless war. Well here, a war is bound to have causalities. We can not deny that. We can not deny that soldiers of all ages can succumb to the horrors of war. But we can not let that stop us from doing our task. We have tried neutrality of course, and it failed us twice. It is time to realize that America was born to be the superpower it is now, and we must use that power in anyway we can. From our struggle for independence, a civil war based on cultural division, a economy in shambles, and a war in which our very freedoms were under attack, our country has walked the long road. Now, we fight a new rival. A rival that will use civil unrest and unstable governments as a means of expanding influence. So, America, let's truly see that we must spread our vision of freedom and democracy around the world!

7 hours ago, Cenzonico said:

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Considering the role they had in the victory of Wisconsin, Barry Goldwater realizes that the activism from the New Right could prove to be very helpful if he helped them build up. So with that in mind, Barry Goldwater sets up a meeting with New Right activists in Columbus, Ohio about setting up ground game, telling them to quote "get to work."

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Barry Goldwater will meet with Pennsylvania Business Conservatives, claiming that his pro-business, low tax economics would have them flourish on prosperity for a richer, and better America.

Rally (4): Goldwater bores some of his supporters by openly talking strategy. The rally is well-attended simply not energizing.

Influence (10!): The New Right loves Barry and they are fired up giving him a distinct edge in any primary state. (Goldwater is now at 136 with this group, it is incredibly useful to have a score 100+ with a group as it will lend important turnout and grassroots enthusiasm boosts)

Influence (7): Business conservatives like to hear what Goldwater is talking about.

Overall: +6. Strong week for Goldwater.

4 hours ago, The Blood said:

Wallace Rally In Pittsburgh:

"Hello everyone! I look over this crowd, and I see some people who are ready for a rally! We showed the world our muscle in Wisconsin, and now the world best be ready for us to flex it here as well! And I know we will do well here, because the same people who rejected the borderline socialist RFK and the weak and compromising Johnson are not found in Wisconsin alone. No, the same people who saw their communities burning to the ground, who saw our forces in Vietnam lack the resources they need to win, who saw me as the only candidate standing up for the working class of America, and who voted for me in Wisconsin are the same people as countless others across America who will cast their ballots for me during this primary. These people are the ones who will save this nation from riots, from the socialists infecting this party, and from our corrupt and broken government. You see, these people are the ones who will change this nation forever, and I am looking right at some of them! Pittsburgh, if you cast your ballots for me I promise you that you will not just be following the course of Wisconsin, but also of countless other states in this primary. This is a national movement, and our message, and the corruption and socialism the working class of America have seen in their government, are both universal to all hardworking Americans! Thank you."

 

Wallace Rally In Youngstown,Ohio:

Wallace will take to Youngstown to spread his message focused on defending the working man of American from riots, socialism, and a broken and increasingly infringing government.

 

Wallace Rally In Fort Wayne, Indiana:

Wallace will take to Indiana to focus his message on defending America from riots, discussing his plans to crackdown on drugs and shut down all funding to academic institutions accepting known rioters.

Rally (3): Wallace's rally in Pittsburgh is well-attended but he has several gaffes and many in the crowd find the use of "socialist" every word to desribe Kennedy while also using it as a reason to fight in Vietnam as a bit heavy-handed.

Rally (2): Wallace's campaign has had a tough time establishing itself in Ohio and continues to struggle to break through.

Rally (5): The Wallace rally is helped that it is in friendly Indiana territory but it does little to move the needle.

Overall: -5. Normally an electric speaker, a series of rally mishaps and lackluster appearances evens out the Democratic field after Wallace's win in Wisconsin.

1 hour ago, MishFox said:

Lynch will try to influence labor unions in California, citing his pro-labor agenda, and moderate record. Influence - labor unions

Lynch also makes an appeal to moderate california democrats, taking them to a fancy restaurant and saying that he is the best candidate to stop Wallace and the Liberals. Influence - Moderates

 

sorry for the short and late events, been busy

 

Influence (5): The unions like Lynch but they are far too busy with other massive issues and appreciate the attention RFK is giving them.

Influence (10!): Moderates love Lynch!

Overall: +6. Lynch makes major progress among California moderates.

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ABC Nightly News Report -- April 10th, 1968

General News

  • Dr. Martin Luther King is shot at the Lorrain Hotel in Memphis.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King succumbs to his injuries 2 days later on April 9th.
  • Riots have gripped America and a shootout between the Black Panthers and police has left several dead, including 17 year old Bobby Hutton.

Democratic Primary

As the dust settled in Wisconsin, the battle lines of the newly redrawn Democratic primary have become blatantly clear. While moderates, black voters, and party loyalists cling to President Johnson, his primary star is fading and he only seems to be effectively working with dealers inside the Party. Meanwhile, George Wallace has hedged his bets on union and working class white support and to the surpise of many, it has panned out. Only time will tell if an early success in Wisconsin will catapult Wallace to doing better across the industrial midwest or if his win is isolated. Still, Bobby Kennedt remains the favorite of most Democrats and the standard bearer of a united left, leading a coalition of liberal unions and academics.

April 10th -- Nationwide Democratic Primary Preference Poll

Robert F. Kennedy - 38.5% (-0.7)

Lyndon B. Johnson - 23.2% (-0.3)

George Wallace - 22.4% (-0.1)

Undecided - 16.0% (+1.1)

April 10th -- Massachusetts Democratic Primary Preference Poll

Robert F. Kennedy - 51.5%

Lyndon B. Johnson - 23.7%

George Wallace - 6.4%

Undecided - 18.4%

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Republican Primary

The Republican Primary has also undergone major realignment. As the right wing and its powerful grassroots organization grows, Barry Goldwater continues to grow in strength despite the establishment clearly favoring Nixon. This is a testament to the fact that parties simply dont have all the say in who the nominee becomes anymore. Goldwater will have his day in court in the primaries before Nixon is able to sweep delegate nominating conventions. Now is when Goldwater must make his pitch to reclaim his electability. Success in New Hampshire and Wisconsin has helped but not entirely done that. Meanwhile, Nelson Rockefeller is beginning to find his sea legs again and is hoping for some momentum as the main primary season kicks off in a few weeks.

April 10th -- Nationwide Republican Primary Preference Poll

Richard Nixon - 33.2% (-1.7)

Barry Goldwater - 29.5% (+1.1)

Nelson Rockefeller - 25.1% (+2.8)

Undecided - 12.2% (-2.2)

April 10th -- Massachusetts Republican Primary Preference Poll

Nelson Rockefeller - 41.8%

Richard Nixon - 33.4%

Barry Goldwater - 11.3%

Undecided - 13.5%

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Nixon meets with Black and Tan leaders in the Republican Party. 
Nixon emphasizes the endorsement of Senator Edward Brooke, and how Nixon’s the one to ensure African Americans, and minorities are represented in the Republican Party. Unlike Goldwater, who’s faction members actively campaign against minorities in the Republican Party. Nixon is sure to remind them of the 1964 Convention. Nixon also expresses his deepest regret, and condolences that his friend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was horribly assassinated in Memphis. 

Nixon heads to campaign in Worcester, Massachusetts. Senator Edward Brooke and John Lindsay joining him. 
Senator Edward Brooke, would start the rally.

             “I’d first like to thank all of you for showing up. I’m here with my good friend, Richard Milhous Nixon. As you all know, I have ended my candidacy and endorsed Mr. Nixon for President of the United States. Some of you may wonder why I had done that though? I tell you, there is no better man to unite this country, this party, and represent the American people. Mr. Nixon has served as the Vice President under Eisenhower… and fought the good fight for Massachusetts, for African Americans, and for the American people. That is why I endorsed him. Because our country needs a leader the American people can get behind. We cannot risk division, we cannot risk losing this election. There are some in our party, and in the Democrats... that wish to undo or criticize the advancements we’ve made in Civil Rights, and ensuring all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream. With that said, I am unpleased to see Governor Rockefeller continuing his candidacy for President of the United States. I say that with utmost respect to the Governor… but Governor Rockefeller; I urge you to please join us, as representatives of Liberal thought in the Republican Party, in endorsing Richard Nixon. Governor Rockefeller, please think of the country. Please think of the consequences if we continue to divide this party amongst ourselves. Vice President Nixon has done his  best to ensure all of us, and our opinions will be heard in this campaign, and if we elect Mr. Nixon as President of the United States… we will all be a part of this new era. Governor Rockefeller, no matter how much money you have, or special interests you gain… we must unite this party and put our politics aside. Please put aside personal gain, and embark upon a journey of American renewal with us.” After the speech from Senator Brooke, volunteers are seen handing out campaign flyers and pins, saying, “A vote for Rocky is a vote for Goldy!”

John Lindsay gives a speech giving very similar reasons to his endorsement of Richard Nixon, and calls upon Rockefeller to do the same. Nixon ends the speech urging Massachusetts voters to get ready for the upcoming primary. 

Nixon holds a rally in Boston, Massachusetts. Bringing Senator Edward Brooke with him.

           The speech opens up with a moment of silence for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brooke goes on to discuss the legacy and how the Republican Party, and America still have a lot to fight for in terms of equality for African Americans. At one point during the rally Brooke is overtaken by a sense of profound emotion when talking about Dr. King… remembering when he was just talking with him about his Presidential campaign a few weeks ago. The Press seems to have captured a moment where Nixon would stand and put his arm around Brooke, comforting him. Nixon continues the rally discussing the importance of tolerance for all ideas in America, and condemning the extremism occurring out in the streets, whether it be assassination, or rioting. At the end of the rally, Nixon calls upon all leaders, both Republican and Democrat to condemn the heinous assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

            “My fellow Americans. Today is a sad day. I want to call upon all leaders in this country, Democrat or Republican, to offer their condolences to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I remember my time as Vice President working with Dr. King, who over time, became one of my best friends. I’ll never forget the cherished memories we had together. That was a man who walked the Earth with pure intentions. You would have never seen evil come from Dr. King. That is why I have such great sadness, that it was evil that assassinated him. I promise to all Americans, that the legacy of Dr. King will not be in vain.”

The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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***Nixon Endorsement Tracker***
1. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Doesn’t influence delegates directly, but good to have for any reason I suppose.)
2. Warren P. Knowles (Governor of Wisconsin, Fusion Ticket in WI Primary.)
3. Spiro Agnew (Governor of Maryland, will deliver delegates at RNC and attempt to sway Southern Delegates doubting electability of Goldwater.)
4. Governor Jim Rhodes of Ohio. (Will do as much as he can to get support for Nixon in Ohio)
5. Representative Thomas B. Curtis of Missouri. (Will deliver Missouri’s delegation at the RNC)
6. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.
7. Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois.
8. Senator Frank Carlson (Will deliver the Kansas delegation at the RNC. Nixon instructs him to influence  Eisenhower/Moderate Republicans in any way he can.)

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While at a event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barry Goldwater speaks on the recent events relating to Mr. King and the Civil Rights movement

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"This week, the stokes of racial tension has once again been fired up! But, I would first like to give my condolences to Mrs. King, their children, and any other member of the King family. Republican or Democrat, White or Black, I think most Americans can agree that the efforts of Mr. King for the Civil Rights Movement were tremendous and can not be understated. But the riots and the violence that have ensued only proves that America continues to be divided more and more, with the issue of race becoming a big factor . Of course, many people will scoff at me as they believe the lies about me that I am some kind of bigoted scum that hates the idea of Civil Rights. I also imagine soon enough Nixon will try to pin me down on this. But I can't expect much less from him when his campaign tries to claim that a vote for Nelson Rockefeller of all people is a vote for me. I will keep this short and simple, I am not some radical monster that will nuke everything, I do not oppose the idea of Civil Rights, I am running to protect Liberty and bring a new age of prosperity to America. They will still you that I am unelectable of course, and to that I say, "Then why did I win both New Hampshire and Wisconsin?" It's funny really, but it is the sad truth. Thank you for your time."

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Barry Goldwater will once again try to approach Rockefeller Republicans in Pennsylvania, this time simply trying to talk to them instead of giving a pitch.

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Barry Goldwater will continue to work with the New Right, this time in the Pennsylvania suburbs to see if he could start gaining ground in them. 

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Wallace Rally In Scranton Pennsylvania:

*Wallace walks on stage as a crowd of working class factory workers welcome him with cheers and chants. The campaign made the tickets for the rally free, providing tickets based on everyone who was employed at any number of local factories.*

 

"Hello, Scranton! We decided to provide free tickets for this rally to local factory workers because our campaign has begun to recognize one key thing in America. That is, that there are two Americas. We provided you these tickets because our campaign is standing at the side of one of these Americas. In this America you find the working man of this land, left to nothing but political irrelevance as politicians and rich donors treat him more like a pawn than one of the many rulers of this great democracy. And in the other America you find the politicians and donors I mentioned, who watch as riots and drugs destroy our land and as our states' rights are handed off, yet do nothing, because in the end these things only affect that other, distant, and ignored America. The divide between these Americas is seen in our government, in our economy, and in the very destruction of our communities and values.

 

This divide is seen right now as candidates like Kennedy will go around telling you that they are the candidate for change, that they will reform the system to work for the working man's America. Well, the simple truth is that they are a part of this broken system for which they preach reform, and a part of the America which has left our workers behind. You see, all of the rich sons who pander to rich donors, and then who go around promising change, are lying right to your face. Just like so many politicians before them they will make empty promises. Just like so many politicians before them they will build up political connections and make dirty deals for personal gain. Just like so many politicians before them they will let you suffer while they let communism spread abroad and riots destroy your communities. And just like so many politicians before them they are a part of the America which has left you and the working man of America behind!

 

This divide is seen right now in our economy, as our government continues to expand, throwing out your independence and rights for the power of government bureaucrats! Just look at our current state of affairs. Your states' are quickly finding themselves unable to exercise their democratically ordained powers of governance, as the Federal government swarms in unelected bureaucrats to control your states. The Gold Standard is under siege, as countless tell you we need to put faith in the government, despite the fact that inflation would explode and your savings would be gone if we allowed for them to remove the standard! Our communities are being left to economic ruin, as we neglect them to ruin and allow for the government to reduce communities to shanty towns with poor planning, taxing, and spending. And finally our workers are being left to economic irrelevance as we allow for large donors and factory owners to steer our politicians towards policies harming the working man's America and helping their America!

 

Finally, this divide is seen in the destruction of our communities and values everyday. Riots, drugs, and chaos have run rampant as Johnson has done nothing to help our working people from seeing their livelihoods destroyed by drugged out college students. Our value of states' rights have been left to dust as our government takes over our states for us. Our ideal of democracy has been left to ruin as rich donors and political machines control our politicians. And finally our working man has been left to irrelevance in the democracy meant to be controlled by him, instead controlled by corrupt donors and politicians!

 

There are two Americas right now, Scranton. And whether you see the divide in our politics, in our economy, or in the slow but sure murder of our communities and values, one thing will remain true throughout this turbulent time. George Wallace is on the side of the working man's America! Thank you!"

 

 

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Wallace influences high-level Johnson campaign officials in Pennsylvania:

*While at a meeting with high-level Johnson campaign officials, Wallace will stand up to give a short speech*

"Firstly, thank you all for meeting with me. I think after Wisconsin quite a few campaign officials should be meeting with me*laughs*. Jokes aside, I am serious when I say that. We've seen RFK shoot up to a momentous lead, while Johnson has been lagging behind this whole time. And you think he may be safe with the delegates he grabs in non-primary states, but I would reconsider. If he lags in every primary, delegates are going to be turned off and worried. Hell, I'm worried for the guy. And if he fails to gather momentum, and if you pass me up, then who is going to stop RFK at the convention? No one. That's why we need to build a united front here. Look, I'm not one to lie, so I will tell you right now that I will choose a moderate VP. I don't know who yet, but I will choose one. I am a conservative through and through, but a united front must be built to stop a candidate as dangerous as RFK. Thank you."

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Wallace Influences Johnson campaign officials in Florida:

*While meeting with Johnson campaign officials in Florida, Wallace will continue his habit of standing up to make a speech before the officials*

"You know, honestly I can never get tired of Florida! Thank you for meeting me, and thank you for giving me a chance here. I know many of you may be a little turned off to me with how much time I've been spending up North, but as much as I am fighting for factory workers in Pennsylvania, I will never forget about the grand people down South in Dixie and Florida. However, I do think Johnson's forgotten about you. His Presidency has been riddled with everything going against the South and Florida. He has dawdled along in Vietnam, taking a slow but unsteady stance in the fight against communism. He has taken away our states' rights with big government programs. He's allowed for riots to destroy our communities and drugs to destroy our families. All in all, I think Johnson goes against everything Florida and the South stand for. So, reconsider your attachment to him, I know I would sure appreciate it! Thank you once again, and call my Florida campaign manager here(Hands number to officials) if you want to put your weight behind us."

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Nelson Rockefeller has a rally with George Romney again in Pennsylvania 

Nelson Rockefeller has a rally with William Scranton in Pennsylvania and Scranton endorses him. Scranton says he is truly the best man for the job and will always care about Pennsylvania 

Nelson Rockefeller meets with Winthrop Rockefeller and asked him for or his endorsement. He talks about their shared family name, liberalism, and their hatred of Goldwater

Nelson Rockefeller meets with Hugh Scott and he asks for his endorsement. He points to their similar record on civil rights, Scranton’s endorsement of Rockefeller, and the need to stop Goldwater. He also says unlike Nixon, he actually cares about PA

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10 hours ago, Herbert Hoover said:

Robert F. Kennedy influences moderates.

Robert F. Kennedy influences labor unions. 

Robert F. Kennedy influences party bosses. 

Influence (1!): RFK can't connect with moderates!

Influence (1!) The unions continue to drift to the right in the Democratic Party.

Influence (6) The bosses are a bit warmer to RFK today.

Overall: -9. A tough day for RFK as his campaign recedes.

9 hours ago, PringlesN7 said:

Nixon meets with Black and Tan leaders in the Republican Party. 
Nixon emphasizes the endorsement of Senator Edward Brooke, and how Nixon’s the one to ensure African Americans, and minorities are represented in the Republican Party. Unlike Goldwater, who’s faction members actively campaign against minorities in the Republican Party. Nixon is sure to remind them of the 1964 Convention. Nixon also expresses his deepest regret, and condolences that his friend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was horribly assassinated in Memphis. 

Nixon heads to campaign in Worcester, Massachusetts. Senator Edward Brooke and John Lindsay joining him. 
Senator Edward Brooke, would start the rally.

             “I’d first like to thank all of you for showing up. I’m here with my good friend, Richard Milhous Nixon. As you all know, I have ended my candidacy and endorsed Mr. Nixon for President of the United States. Some of you may wonder why I had done that though? I tell you, there is no better man to unite this country, this party, and represent the American people. Mr. Nixon has served as the Vice President under Eisenhower… and fought the good fight for Massachusetts, for African Americans, and for the American people. That is why I endorsed him. Because our country needs a leader the American people can get behind. We cannot risk division, we cannot risk losing this election. There are some in our party, and in the Democrats... that wish to undo or criticize the advancements we’ve made in Civil Rights, and ensuring all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream. With that said, I am unpleased to see Governor Rockefeller continuing his candidacy for President of the United States. I say that with utmost respect to the Governor… but Governor Rockefeller; I urge you to please join us, as representatives of Liberal thought in the Republican Party, in endorsing Richard Nixon. Governor Rockefeller, please think of the country. Please think of the consequences if we continue to divide this party amongst ourselves. Vice President Nixon has done his  best to ensure all of us, and our opinions will be heard in this campaign, and if we elect Mr. Nixon as President of the United States… we will all be a part of this new era. Governor Rockefeller, no matter how much money you have, or special interests you gain… we must unite this party and put our politics aside. Please put aside personal gain, and embark upon a journey of American renewal with us.” After the speech from Senator Brooke, volunteers are seen handing out campaign flyers and pins, saying, “A vote for Rocky is a vote for Goldy!”

John Lindsay gives a speech giving very similar reasons to his endorsement of Richard Nixon, and calls upon Rockefeller to do the same. Nixon ends the speech urging Massachusetts voters to get ready for the upcoming primary. 

Nixon holds a rally in Boston, Massachusetts. Bringing Senator Edward Brooke with him.

           The speech opens up with a moment of silence for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brooke goes on to discuss the legacy and how the Republican Party, and America still have a lot to fight for in terms of equality for African Americans. At one point during the rally Brooke is overtaken by a sense of profound emotion when talking about Dr. King… remembering when he was just talking with him about his Presidential campaign a few weeks ago. The Press seems to have captured a moment where Nixon would stand and put his arm around Brooke, comforting him. Nixon continues the rally discussing the importance of tolerance for all ideas in America, and condemning the extremism occurring out in the streets, whether it be assassination, or rioting. At the end of the rally, Nixon calls upon all leaders, both Republican and Democrat to condemn the heinous assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

            “My fellow Americans. Today is a sad day. I want to call upon all leaders in this country, Democrat or Republican, to offer their condolences to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I remember my time as Vice President working with Dr. King, who over time, became one of my best friends. I’ll never forget the cherished memories we had together. That was a man who walked the Earth with pure intentions. You would have never seen evil come from Dr. King. That is why I have such great sadness, that it was evil that assassinated him. I promise to all Americans, that the legacy of Dr. King will not be in vain.”

The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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George Romney (First Row), Bob Kennedy (First on second row), Ted Kennedy (Praying; opposite end of Bobby.), Eugene McCarthy (First seat, Third Row), Richard Nixon (1 person left of McCarthy).

 


***Nixon Endorsement Tracker***
1. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Doesn’t influence delegates directly, but good to have for any reason I suppose.)
2. Warren P. Knowles (Governor of Wisconsin, Fusion Ticket in WI Primary.)
3. Spiro Agnew (Governor of Maryland, will deliver delegates at RNC and attempt to sway Southern Delegates doubting electability of Goldwater.)
4. Governor Jim Rhodes of Ohio. (Will do as much as he can to get support for Nixon in Ohio)
5. Representative Thomas B. Curtis of Missouri. (Will deliver Missouri’s delegation at the RNC)
6. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.
7. Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois.
8. Senator Frank Carlson (Will deliver the Kansas delegation at the RNC. Nixon instructs him to influence  Eisenhower/Moderate Republicans in any way he can.)

Influence (3): Black people still aren't warm on Nixon after he gave them the cold shoulder in 1960. Still, many view him as a better alternative to Goldwater.

Rally (9): Brooke brings the crowd and Nixon keeps them there.

Rally (6): Another successful rally in Massachusetts for Nixon

Overall: +3. Nixon's campaign moves in a solid direction.

7 hours ago, ALiteralNeoliberal said:

Schmooze

Young takes representatives of the Catholic community out to dinner,

Rally
Young holds a rally in Toledo, OH, 

Schmooze (2): A rough dinner as Young spills spaghetti on himself.

Rally (4): A subpar rally fails to make a mark,

Overall: -4.

8 hours ago, Cenzonico said:

While at a event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barry Goldwater speaks on the recent events relating to Mr. King and the Civil Rights movement

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"This week, the stokes of racial tension has once again been fired up! But, I would first like to give my condolences to Mrs. King, their children, and any other member of the King family. Republican or Democrat, White or Black, I think most Americans can agree that the efforts of Mr. King for the Civil Rights Movement were tremendous and can not be understated. But the riots and the violence that have ensued only proves that America continues to be divided more and more, with the issue of race becoming a big factor . Of course, many people will scoff at me as they believe the lies about me that I am some kind of bigoted scum that hates the idea of Civil Rights. I also imagine soon enough Nixon will try to pin me down on this. But I can't expect much less from him when his campaign tries to claim that a vote for Nelson Rockefeller of all people is a vote for me. I will keep this short and simple, I am not some radical monster that will nuke everything, I do not oppose the idea of Civil Rights, I am running to protect Liberty and bring a new age of prosperity to America. They will still you that I am unelectable of course, and to that I say, "Then why did I win both New Hampshire and Wisconsin?" It's funny really, but it is the sad truth. Thank you for your time."

8 hours ago, Cenzonico said:

Influence:

Barry Goldwater will once again try to approach Rockefeller Republicans in Pennsylvania, this time simply trying to talk to them instead of giving a pitch.

Influence:


Barry Goldwater will continue to work with the New Right, this time in the Pennsylvania suburbs to see if he could start gaining ground in them. 

Rally (10!): Goldwater's rally is well-received in times of crisis. Many Republicans want a strong law and order candidate.

Influence (5): Amazingly, Goldwater is not hit with a tomato.

Influence (10!): Goldwater's suburban infrastructure ramps up! The New Right is in full force mobilizing the conservative suburbanites in the collar of Philly and the outskirts of Pittsburgh.

Overall: +12. Goldwater's strong reaction to the riots and his conservative base carry him forward.

6 hours ago, MishFox said:

Rally - Lynch rallies in San Diego California, saying that he is the best candidate

Schmooze - Lynch meets with members of the Jewish Community, citing his support for Israel and his support for Jewish Communities. 

Rally (1!): Lynch is heckled off stage!

Schmooze (8): Jewish voters appreciate the attention to Israel.

Overall: -2. Despite growing support among Jews, Lynch's rally fail is what's most noticed.

5 hours ago, The Blood said:

Wallace Rally In Scranton Pennsylvania:

*Wallace walks on stage as a crowd of working class factory workers welcome him with cheers and chants. The campaign made the tickets for the rally free, providing tickets based on everyone who was employed at any number of local factories.*

 

"Hello, Scranton! We decided to provide free tickets for this rally to local factory workers because our campaign has begun to recognize one key thing in America. That is, that there are two Americas. We provided you these tickets because our campaign is standing at the side of one of these Americas. In this America you find the working man of this land, left to nothing but political irrelevance as politicians and rich donors treat him more like a pawn than one of the many rulers of this great democracy. And in the other America you find the politicians and donors I mentioned, who watch as riots and drugs destroy our land and as our states' rights are handed off, yet do nothing, because in the end these things only affect that other, distant, and ignored America. The divide between these Americas is seen in our government, in our economy, and in the very destruction of our communities and values.

 

This divide is seen right now as candidates like Kennedy will go around telling you that they are the candidate for change, that they will reform the system to work for the working man's America. Well, the simple truth is that they are a part of this broken system for which they preach reform, and a part of the America which has left our workers behind. You see, all of the rich sons who pander to rich donors, and then who go around promising change, are lying right to your face. Just like so many politicians before them they will make empty promises. Just like so many politicians before them they will build up political connections and make dirty deals for personal gain. Just like so many politicians before them they will let you suffer while they let communism spread abroad and riots destroy your communities. And just like so many politicians before them they are a part of the America which has left you and the working man of America behind!

 

This divide is seen right now in our economy, as our government continues to expand, throwing out your independence and rights for the power of government bureaucrats! Just look at our current state of affairs. Your states' are quickly finding themselves unable to exercise their democratically ordained powers of governance, as the Federal government swarms in unelected bureaucrats to control your states. The Gold Standard is under siege, as countless tell you we need to put faith in the government, despite the fact that inflation would explode and your savings would be gone if we allowed for them to remove the standard! Our communities are being left to economic ruin, as we neglect them to ruin and allow for the government to reduce communities to shanty towns with poor planning, taxing, and spending. And finally our workers are being left to economic irrelevance as we allow for large donors and factory owners to steer our politicians towards policies harming the working man's America and helping their America!

 

Finally, this divide is seen in the destruction of our communities and values everyday. Riots, drugs, and chaos have run rampant as Johnson has done nothing to help our working people from seeing their livelihoods destroyed by drugged out college students. Our value of states' rights have been left to dust as our government takes over our states for us. Our ideal of democracy has been left to ruin as rich donors and political machines control our politicians. And finally our working man has been left to irrelevance in the democracy meant to be controlled by him, instead controlled by corrupt donors and politicians!

 

There are two Americas right now, Scranton. And whether you see the divide in our politics, in our economy, or in the slow but sure murder of our communities and values, one thing will remain true throughout this turbulent time. George Wallace is on the side of the working man's America! Thank you!"

 

 

5 hours ago, The Blood said:

Wallace influences high-level Johnson campaign officials in Pennsylvania:

*While at a meeting with high-level Johnson campaign officials, Wallace will stand up to give a short speech*

"Firstly, thank you all for meeting with me. I think after Wisconsin quite a few campaign officials should be meeting with me*laughs*. Jokes aside, I am serious when I say that. We've seen RFK shoot up to a momentous lead, while Johnson has been lagging behind this whole time. And you think he may be safe with the delegates he grabs in non-primary states, but I would reconsider. If he lags in every primary, delegates are going to be turned off and worried. Hell, I'm worried for the guy. And if he fails to gather momentum, and if you pass me up, then who is going to stop RFK at the convention? No one. That's why we need to build a united front here. Look, I'm not one to lie, so I will tell you right now that I will choose a moderate VP. I don't know who yet, but I will choose one. I am a conservative through and through, but a united front must be built to stop a candidate as dangerous as RFK. Thank you."

5 hours ago, The Blood said:

Wallace Influences Johnson campaign officials in Florida:

*While meeting with Johnson campaign officials in Florida, Wallace will continue his habit of standing up to make a speech before the officials*

"You know, honestly I can never get tired of Florida! Thank you for meeting me, and thank you for giving me a chance here. I know many of you may be a little turned off to me with how much time I've been spending up North, but as much as I am fighting for factory workers in Pennsylvania, I will never forget about the grand people down South in Dixie and Florida. However, I do think Johnson's forgotten about you. His Presidency has been riddled with everything going against the South and Florida. He has dawdled along in Vietnam, taking a slow but unsteady stance in the fight against communism. He has taken away our states' rights with big government programs. He's allowed for riots to destroy our communities and drugs to destroy our families. All in all, I think Johnson goes against everything Florida and the South stand for. So, reconsider your attachment to him, I know I would sure appreciate it! Thank you once again, and call my Florida campaign manager here(Hands number to officials) if you want to put your weight behind us."

Rally (10!): Wallace's message of law and order during a time of riots rings out strong. White working class voters are tired of rioters and they are tired of the chaos. They want Wallace!

Influence (8): LBJ officials in Pennsylvania feel the tide shifting as Wallace becomes the favorite of the white working class.

Influence (10!): Wallace's message is extremely well received in Florida and both party regulars and the rank-and-file are turning heavily towards Wallace's conservative message.

Overall: +15. Wallace has an electric week as the riots across the country catapult him forward with some serious momentum among white working class voters. Either Kennedy or Johnson needs to unite black voters and liberals to be as enthusiastic as the white working class is for Wallace.

4 hours ago, buenoboss said:

Nelson Rockefeller has a rally with George Romney again in Pennsylvania 

Nelson Rockefeller has a rally with William Scranton in Pennsylvania and Scranton endorses him. Scranton says he is truly the best man for the job and will always care about Pennsylvania 

Nelson Rockefeller meets with Winthrop Rockefeller and asked him for or his endorsement. He talks about their shared family name, liberalism, and their hatred of Goldwater

Nelson Rockefeller meets with Hugh Scott and he asks for his endorsement. He points to their similar record on civil rights, Scranton’s endorsement of Rockefeller, and the need to stop Goldwater. He also says unlike Nixon, he actually cares about PA

Rally (8): Romney is always a winner in Pennsylvania!

Endorsement (2): Scranton's endorsement unfortunately does little to move the needle for Rockefeller after a long and rambling speech lacking any lucid thought about current events.

Influence (8): Of course Winny will endorse Nelly!

Influence (1!) Scott may agree with Rockefeller politically, but after Nelson essentially took Scott's endorsement for granted during the meeting, Scott pronounces at the end that he'll be staying neutral in the primary, it is soon leaked that the Minority Leader walked away annoyed with his old friend over his arrogance.

Overall: +1. Rockefeller has some highs and lows this week but Romney's rally in PA keeps him headed in the right direction.

3 hours ago, Hestia11 said:

Johnson schmoozes party bosses

Johnson campaigns in Philadelphia on his presidency

Johnson influences Louisiana Dems

Influence (7): The party bosses always enjoy a meeting with the President.

Rally (1!): Johnson simply can't keep it up on the campaign trail.

Schmooze (4): Many Louisiana Democrats feel very drawn to Wallace, Johnson makes a pitch but it's not enough to change minds and many are bored by Johnson's moderation next to Wallace.

Overall: -4. Johnson's rally fail in Philadelphia plays into the narrative that the President simply isn't an effective communicator.

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ABC NIghtly News Report -- April 17th, 1968

General News

  • Riots continue to rage in major cities across the country.
  • President Johnson has signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 into law.

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Democratic Primary

George Wallace has seen his position improve considerably in the Democratic horse race as RFK struggles and the President continues to lag. Governor Wallace, propelled by the race riots currently gripping the country, has rallied the support of the white working class firmly behind him. Meanwhile, Senator Kennedy has been unable to unite the party any further than his liberal corner. All his attempts to sway Johnson's moderates have fallen on deaf ears and his shunning of liberal appeal has left his base deflated. Pennsylvania will be the next battleground as Wallace hopes for a second, crucial victory, or at least a narrow second that proves his staying power.

April 17th -- Nationwide Democratic Primary Poll

Robert F. Kennedy - 37.2% (-1.3)

George Wallace - 24.8% (+2.4)

Lyndon B. Johnson - 22.3% (-0.9)

Undecided - 15.7% (-0.3)

April 17th -- Pennsylvania Democratic Primary Poll

Robert F. Kennedy - 34.4% (+0.8)

George Wallace - 30.2% (+9.1)

Lyndon B. Johnson - 23.8% (-2.7)

Undecided - 11.6% (-7.2)

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Republican Primary

The Republicans have seen a similar and yet muted response. Goldwater has most forcefully condemned the riots and has seen conservative activist support continue to surge. Meanwhile Nixon continues to play to bring black voters back into the Democratic fold. Rockfeller's attempts to consolidate liberal support continue on as Nixon fights back against him. Nixon's absence from Pennsylvania this week was also felt as he battle Rockefeller on friendlier turf in Massachusetts.

April 17th -- Nationwide Republican Primary Poll

Richard Nixon - 33.6% (+0.2)

Barry Goldwater - 31.4% (+1.9)

Nelson Rockefeller - 26.9% (+1.6)

Undecided - 8.1% (-4.1)

April 17th -- Pennsylvania Republican Primary Poll

Nelson Rockefeller - 35.5% (+5.2)

Richard Nixon - 31.2% (-2.0)

Barry Goldwater - 26.4% (+3.8)

Undecided - 6.9% (-7.0)

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Hey everyone! Sorry for the late polls again, Saturdays you know. Thankfully, tomorrow is Sunday which means it is a work night and I will not be out in any way. Meaning that, yes, I am going to say it again. If we get our events in tomorrow afternoon to early evening we will have nice, hot, and ready Pennsylvania results tomorrow! So take this last turn until Pennsylvania to shore up your strategies as we head into the meat of the primary season and make sure we get those events in early so we can have some nice Sunday night results. Love y'all. Good luck!

Happy flavamaking.

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George Wallace Rally In Reading, Pennsylvania:

"Hello, Reading! It is so great to be here today, especially because I have a good feeling about how Pennsylvania will be voting as its primary comes! Reading, I'm no stranger to politics, and I think it can be easily said looking at the polls that you can't shake our momentum when we're shooting up 9 points in your state! We're shooting up this far in the polls because right now Americans are looking around and asking themselves, "Is this the best we can do?" They look around and see lying politicians trying to sell them snake oil, meandering Presidents who fail to accomplish anything, and rioters looting and destroying their cities, and they are finally asking the broken institutions which have ignored them, "Is this the best we can do?" It isn't. It isn't because in this country we have allowed for rich donors and political machines to steer our direction for far too long. We have allowed for these corrupt institutions to let rioters roam free in our streets. We have allowed for them to dawdle along in Vietnam with no regard for the fight against communism, allowing for a bloody and drawn out war instead of the swift fire and fury we should have released on the North Vietnamese in the first place. We have allowed for them to infringe on our democratic rights, as the democracies we once had controlling our states have been replaced with government regulation and bureaucrats. And finally, we have allowed for them to ignore who should really be in charge of this nation, you, the hardworking citizens of this nation. We must reclaim our democracy from these broken institutions, and we must restore our American democracy, rights, and values by saying, "No, this isn't the best we can do!" Thank you."

 

 

George Wallace Influences Johnson Officials In Pennsylvania:

Wallace will sit down with key Johnson campaign officials and donors in Pennsylvania to discuss the need to abandon ship from Johnson, with Wallace stating, "It is the only way to stop Kennedy." if they jump ship and support him.

 

Wallace Influences Johnson Campaign Officials in Indiana:

Wallace will sit down with Johnson campaign officials in Indiana to discuss how Johnson has failed to effectively support midwestern workers, notably allowing for rioters to destroy their communities, and failing to make an effective appeal to them.

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(I did not get the best sleep so I do not feel like putting in effort at the moment)

With the Pennsylvania primary ahead, Barry Goldwater holds a "Mega Rally" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the rally, Barry Goldwater will talk a little about the riots, this time simply condemning the Black Panther's, calling them socialists that only seek attention through violence. After, he will talk about the need for law & order and the need for a true principled leader. 

Influence:

Phyllis Schlafly will be out campaigning for Goldwater in the city of Pittsburgh trying to turn out voters for Goldwater, specifically Women voters.

Influence:

Barry Goldwater will meet with Eisenhower Republicans in Boston, Massachusetts trying to see if these guys are a bit more friendlier than the Rockefeller Republicans. 

 

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Robert Kennedy appeals to moderates, claiming that he is the only candidate that can defeat Nixon in November. (Influence - Moderates)

Robert Kennedy appeals to labor unions, and argues that Wallace is a dangerous candidate that has flipflopped on so many of his stances that he cannot be trusted to uphold promises made to them. (Influence - Labor Unions)

Robert Kennedy appeals to party bosses, arguing to them that LBJ must be dropped and between him and Wallace, he knows that they'll make the right choice to defeat Nixon. (Influence - Party Bosses)

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Nixon has a dinner with influential leaders who consider themselves Moderate/Eisenhower Republicans in Massachusetts. Of course, this is Nixon’s bread and butter group, Nixon hopes to have a good time reminiscing on the good old days of the Eisenhower Administration. And Nixon’s intention to bring those days of true leadership back. Nixon uses his connections he has with his Former Running Mate, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in hopes to persuade Moderate Republicans in the state that Nixon will unite the party, and cajoles them that with enough effort, we can deliver an embarrassing defeat to Rockefeller.  (Influence-Eisenhower Republicans)

 

Nixon has a rally in Philadelphia alongside Everett Dirksen.

    Nixon would start the rally, “Good Afternoon Philadelphia! It’s good to be back! I’m here to tell all of you Nixonites to get out and vote for this upcoming primary. I urge all of you to think about what’s at risk if we do not win this nomination… we cannot have another loss like 1964. Senator Goldwater, as much respect as I have for the Senator can not, and will not win a general election unless the Democrats nominate someone like George Wallace… God forbid! Senator Goldwater emphasizes win, after win in these primaries as if they’re a clear indicator that he will win a General Election. Does he not realize, even after him and his people clashed with other party members in the 1964 Convention, that when you fail to unite the party, you’re likely going to end up losing the General Election? Senator Goldwater talks about Law and Order, and promises he’ll bring it back… I know Americans out there want peace back on their streets. But are you going to get behind a candidate that won 6 states and caused Democrat super majorities in both Chambers of Congress? After 1964 I did my best to ensure that in the 1966 Midterms, we’d work our hardest to see some gains, and WE DID! And we can do it again if you nominate a person who has experienced leadership! Executive experience! And good judgement. The riots occurring throughout this nation right now in response to Dr. King’s tragic demise is very worrisome. Law and Order must be brought back through a steady hand of experienced leadership. Not by divisive rhetoric, and inexperience on the Executive scale.”

 

After applause Nixon would begin the second part of his speech, 

“Then we have candidates such as Governor Rockefeller. I don’t know about you all… But I’m sure some of you may have seen in the local paper…” Nixon holds up a paper, “Senator Hugh Scott’s meeting with Rockefeller ends with a thud! Senator Scott refuses to comment but sources say Rockefeller is arrogant!” Nixon volunteers would pass the papers amongst the crowd before Nixon would continue. “Governor Rockefeller continues to his run his campaign, despite being called to drop out and unite this party. Governor Rockefeller is clearly trying attempt, after attempt to win the nomination, despite being rejected in the last 2 elections. And after being called upon by his own party members, even in his own faction! He continues to run his campaign, and divide this party only further. Governor Rockefeller, if you continue this we might as well hand the nomination to Senator Goldwater and get ready for another loss in the General Election. Governor Rockefeller expects the Presidential nomination to be handed to him on a silver platter! No work required! Well I tell you, I’ve worked for everything I’ve got! At least with Senator Goldwater, I can’t help but respect the rise to greatness from small beginnings we both share. Governor Rockefeller thinks he can just have this handed to him with all of his rich buddies up in New York… well no sir! It’s not going to work on the people!” After applause, Minority Leader Everett Dirksen would take the stage and finish the rally urging Pennsylvania to vote Nixon. Nixon’s the one to unify the party. Dirksen also calls upon Rockefeller to suspend his campaign and fall in to unite the party. 

 

 

Nixon heads to Pittsburgh for a rally. Hoping to address the riots that recently took place there.

“My fellow Pennsylvanians, It’s good to be back in the city known for such hard workers. As many of you know, Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated just a week ago. America lost a good man, and I lost one of my best friends. We must continue to fight for the legacy of Dr. King… but the riots we’re seeing throughout the country is not the way to address these problems. Rioting only causes further destruction, dissatisfaction, and further division in this country. When the strongest nation in the world can be tied down for four years in war in Vietnam, without the end in sight. When a nation with the greatest tradition of rule of law is torn apart by unprecedented lawlessness. It’s time for new leadership in the United States of America! We must unite together and ONLY together, we can return Law and Order back to this nation. America right now is battling an inflation problem, a once good economy we saw is now faltering, and our middle class is feeling the effects of it. President Johnson has failed to address the concerns of the American people, and in turn, it has only caused further dissatisfaction among our citizens. I would hope, that all of you see that I have the experience, a proven record of executive experience, and the judgement to bring this nation back together; on all sides. No matter how many profound disagreements Senator Goldwater and I have… I’ve got nothing but respect for the man, and his concerns with the current problems in this country are justified. My fellow Pennsylvanians, I urge you to consider the consequences if we do not unite, and face the future together. Governor Rockefeller continues to campaign, and divide our party only further. He claims to understand the troubles of the working class, yet was never born in it. Despite growing up impoverished...as a child I never really realized it. I managed to have good times back on the Nixon ranch in California… but I was always told that that’s where my life is going to be forever. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of discouragement growing up… but as I went to school, got my education… I was determined to be something new. To be something better. To achieve a sense of the American Dream. I worked my way into college, and no, I didn’t get to go to college with free money, I worked my butt off to get a scholarship, and get into Duke. Governor Rockefeller expects all of this to be handed to him on the silver platter he was fed on. But I know the American people know better. I know that the silent majority is out there… the worker who works 9 to 5 and cannot be as vocal as the supporters that other candidates may have… most Americans I believe just want a leader who won’t be divisive, won’t be overly grandiose… they just want a leader they know can get the job done, and keep the United States in order. I look forward to the Pennsylvania primary, I hope to see all of you voting! And I urge you to think of the consequences. WE! MUST! UNITE! If Governor Rockefeller doesn’t want to unite with us now… then so be it. The consequences will make him come to realization soon enough. Thank you Pennsylvania, and good day!” At the end of the rally, Nixon volunteers begin passing out “A vote for Rocky is a vote for Goldy!” pins, along with “LBJ lost the way, Nixon will save the Day!” flyers and campaign pins. 

 

***Nixon Endorsement Tracker***

1. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Doesn’t influence delegates directly, but good to have for any reason I suppose.)

2. Warren P. Knowles (Governor of Wisconsin, Fusion Ticket in WI Primary.)

3. Spiro Agnew (Governor of Maryland, will deliver delegates at RNC and attempt to sway Southern Delegates doubting electability of Goldwater.)

4. Governor Jim Rhodes of Ohio. (Will do as much as he can to get support for Nixon in Ohio)

5. Representative Thomas B. Curtis of Missouri. (Will deliver Missouri’s delegation at the RNC)

6. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.

7. Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois.

8. Senator Frank Carlson (Will deliver the Kansas delegation at the RNC. Nixon instructs him to influence  Eisenhower/Moderate Republicans in any way he can.)

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Johnson leaves the campaign trail, instead spending time with the Alaska Democratic Party. He speaks with several party bosses in the state, and implores them to think about supporting President Johnson in his reelection. He says that the party needs a proven leader to handle the country's many problems in the coming days.

Johnson then meets with Iowa Gov. Harold Hughes, where he chats with the governor about midwestern issues. He says that while he may differ slightly with him on policy, he says that the Johnson administration will protect agriculture in states like Iowa.

Johnson meets with some lesser heads of the New York delegation, where he hopes to pry some of the voters away from Sen. Kennedy. He speaks with them about how to control the war in Vietnam and bring it to a conclusion.

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Nelson Rockefeller has yet another mega-rally with George Romney and William Scranton in Pennsylvania

Winthrop Rockefeller announces he will be endorsing Nelson Rockefeller for President at a dinner with key Southern Republican Party bosses. Winthrop says his brother is the only man who could beat Kennedy, Johnson, or Wallace.

Nelson Rockefeller meets with John Volpe at Kykuit. He talks about their similar liberalism and the need to stop Goldwater with a true liberal, not a LINO. He pushes Volpe to run as a favorite son in the primary, and if he does, he will be considered for Transportation or even Ambassador to Italy, his parents homeland. 

Nelson Rockefeller meets with Clifford Case, hoping to get an endorsement. He talks about the need to stop Goldwater and their shared liberalism. He says an endorsement could push Case into the Senate leadership, or even Rockefeller's future cabinet.

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Governor George Romney

Senator John Chafee

Former Senator Prescott Bush

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Former Governor William Scranton

 

 

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5 hours ago, The Blood said:

George Wallace Rally In Reading, Pennsylvania:

"Hello, Reading! It is so great to be here today, especially because I have a good feeling about how Pennsylvania will be voting as its primary comes! Reading, I'm no stranger to politics, and I think it can be easily said looking at the polls that you can't shake our momentum when we're shooting up 9 points in your state! We're shooting up this far in the polls because right now Americans are looking around and asking themselves, "Is this the best we can do?" They look around and see lying politicians trying to sell them snake oil, meandering Presidents who fail to accomplish anything, and rioters looting and destroying their cities, and they are finally asking the broken institutions which have ignored them, "Is this the best we can do?" It isn't. It isn't because in this country we have allowed for rich donors and political machines to steer our direction for far too long. We have allowed for these corrupt institutions to let rioters roam free in our streets. We have allowed for them to dawdle along in Vietnam with no regard for the fight against communism, allowing for a bloody and drawn out war instead of the swift fire and fury we should have released on the North Vietnamese in the first place. We have allowed for them to infringe on our democratic rights, as the democracies we once had controlling our states have been replaced with government regulation and bureaucrats. And finally, we have allowed for them to ignore who should really be in charge of this nation, you, the hardworking citizens of this nation. We must reclaim our democracy from these broken institutions, and we must restore our American democracy, rights, and values by saying, "No, this isn't the best we can do!" Thank you."

 

 

George Wallace Influences Johnson Officials In Pennsylvania:

Wallace will sit down with key Johnson campaign officials and donors in Pennsylvania to discuss the need to abandon ship from Johnson, with Wallace stating, "It is the only way to stop Kennedy." if they jump ship and support him.

 

Wallace Influences Johnson Campaign Officials in Indiana:

Wallace will sit down with Johnson campaign officials in Indiana to discuss how Johnson has failed to effectively support midwestern workers, notably allowing for rioters to destroy their communities, and failing to make an effective appeal to them.

Rally (6): Governor Wallace has a solid rally and spreads his message effectively in Reading.

Influence (1!): The officials don't want to hear any of it from Wallace. They know that LBJ still holds a serious delegate lead among the convention states and that to argue that Wallace is the only one that can stop RFK is disingenuous.

Influence (8): Indiana is fertile soil for Wallace's message.

Overall: -1. Wallace cannot compete with last week's fantastic momentum, but the good news is that the momentum from last week has not been entirely wiped out.

4 hours ago, ALiteralNeoliberal said:

Influence
Young takes high ranking Ohio Democratic Party officials out to dinner,
Rally
Young talks about his early opposition to the war in Vietnam and pacifist voting record in the senate, at a rally in downtown Cleveland, targeted at young voters and anti-war activists,
 

 

 

Influence (1!): Young continually talks with his mouth open and spews food on the officials.

Rally (1!): Working class Wallace supporters protest outside the rally and stop entry for most of the Young supporters.

Overall: -10. Sorry.

4 hours ago, Cenzonico said:

(I did not get the best sleep so I do not feel like putting in effort at the moment)

With the Pennsylvania primary ahead, Barry Goldwater holds a "Mega Rally" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the rally, Barry Goldwater will talk a little about the riots, this time simply condemning the Black Panther's, calling them socialists that only seek attention through violence. After, he will talk about the need for law & order and the need for a true principled leader. 

Influence:

Phyllis Schlafly will be out campaigning for Goldwater in the city of Pittsburgh trying to turn out voters for Goldwater, specifically Women voters.

Influence:

Barry Goldwater will meet with Eisenhower Republicans in Boston, Massachusetts trying to see if these guys are a bit more friendlier than the Rockefeller Republicans. 

 

Rally (7): The rally stirs up a lot of support among the conservatives that want to see strong rhetoric that opposes the black panthers vociferously.

Rally (10!): Schlafly brings along with her a movement of conservatives and whips up support for Goldwater in Pittsburgh with New Right Activists. Enthusiasm for Goldwater is through the roof!

Influence (1!): They are not :

Overall: +2. Goldwater has a strong week in Pennsylvania but fails to make any inroads in Massachusetts.

4 hours ago, Herbert Hoover said:

Robert Kennedy appeals to moderates, claiming that he is the only candidate that can defeat Nixon in November. (Influence - Moderates)

Robert Kennedy appeals to labor unions, and argues that Wallace is a dangerous candidate that has flipflopped on so many of his stances that he cannot be trusted to uphold promises made to them. (Influence - Labor Unions)

Robert Kennedy appeals to party bosses, arguing to them that LBJ must be dropped and between him and Wallace, he knows that they'll make the right choice to defeat Nixon. (Influence - Party Bosses)

Influence (4): Moderates still feel drawn to Johnson.

Influence (3): Unions are simply in a different place right now. The rank and file care more about law and order and keeping their families safe than anything else given the current climate.

Influence (3): Much like the moderates, party bosses still feel allegiant to LBJ.

Overall: -5. RFK has trouble striking a chord with interest groups. His absence in Pennsylvania is likely also felt ahead of the primary.

4 hours ago, PringlesN7 said:

Nixon has a dinner with influential leaders who consider themselves Moderate/Eisenhower Republicans in Massachusetts. Of course, this is Nixon’s bread and butter group, Nixon hopes to have a good time reminiscing on the good old days of the Eisenhower Administration. And Nixon’s intention to bring those days of true leadership back. Nixon uses his connections he has with his Former Running Mate, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in hopes to persuade Moderate Republicans in the state that Nixon will unite the party, and cajoles them that with enough effort, we can deliver an embarrassing defeat to Rockefeller.  (Influence-Eisenhower Republicans)

 

Nixon has a rally in Philadelphia alongside Everett Dirksen.

    Nixon would start the rally, “Good Afternoon Philadelphia! It’s good to be back! I’m here to tell all of you Nixonites to get out and vote for this upcoming primary. I urge all of you to think about what’s at risk if we do not win this nomination… we cannot have another loss like 1964. Senator Goldwater, as much respect as I have for the Senator can not, and will not win a general election unless the Democrats nominate someone like George Wallace… God forbid! Senator Goldwater emphasizes win, after win in these primaries as if they’re a clear indicator that he will win a General Election. Does he not realize, even after him and his people clashed with other party members in the 1964 Convention, that when you fail to unite the party, you’re likely going to end up losing the General Election? Senator Goldwater talks about Law and Order, and promises he’ll bring it back… I know Americans out there want peace back on their streets. But are you going to get behind a candidate that won 6 states and caused Democrat super majorities in both Chambers of Congress? After 1964 I did my best to ensure that in the 1966 Midterms, we’d work our hardest to see some gains, and WE DID! And we can do it again if you nominate a person who has experienced leadership! Executive experience! And good judgement. The riots occurring throughout this nation right now in response to Dr. King’s tragic demise is very worrisome. Law and Order must be brought back through a steady hand of experienced leadership. Not by divisive rhetoric, and inexperience on the Executive scale.”

After applause Nixon would begin the second part of his speech, 

“Then we have candidates such as Governor Rockefeller. I don’t know about you all… But I’m sure some of you may have seen in the local paper…” Nixon holds up a paper, “Senator Hugh Scott’s meeting with Rockefeller ends with a thud! Senator Scott refuses to comment but sources say Rockefeller is arrogant!” Nixon volunteers would pass the papers amongst the crowd before Nixon would continue. “Governor Rockefeller continues to his run his campaign, despite being called to drop out and unite this party. Governor Rockefeller is clearly trying attempt, after attempt to win the nomination, despite being rejected in the last 2 elections. And after being called upon by his own party members, even in his own faction! He continues to run his campaign, and divide this party only further. Governor Rockefeller, if you continue this we might as well hand the nomination to Senator Goldwater and get ready for another loss in the General Election. Governor Rockefeller expects the Presidential nomination to be handed to him on a silver platter! No work required! Well I tell you, I’ve worked for everything I’ve got! At least with Senator Goldwater, I can’t help but respect the rise to greatness from small beginnings we both share. Governor Rockefeller thinks he can just have this handed to him with all of his rich buddies up in New York… well no sir! It’s not going to work on the people!” After applause, Minority Leader Everett Dirksen would take the stage and finish the rally urging Pennsylvania to vote Nixon. Nixon’s the one to unify the party. Dirksen also calls upon Rockefeller to suspend his campaign and fall in to unite the party. 

 

Nixon heads to Pittsburgh for a rally. Hoping to address the riots that recently took place there.

“My fellow Pennsylvanians, It’s good to be back in the city known for such hard workers. As many of you know, Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated just a week ago. America lost a good man, and I lost one of my best friends. We must continue to fight for the legacy of Dr. King… but the riots we’re seeing throughout the country is not the way to address these problems. Rioting only causes further destruction, dissatisfaction, and further division in this country. When the strongest nation in the world can be tied down for four years in war in Vietnam, without the end in sight. When a nation with the greatest tradition of rule of law is torn apart by unprecedented lawlessness. It’s time for new leadership in the United States of America! We must unite together and ONLY together, we can return Law and Order back to this nation. America right now is battling an inflation problem, a once good economy we saw is now faltering, and our middle class is feeling the effects of it. President Johnson has failed to address the concerns of the American people, and in turn, it has only caused further dissatisfaction among our citizens. I would hope, that all of you see that I have the experience, a proven record of executive experience, and the judgement to bring this nation back together; on all sides. No matter how many profound disagreements Senator Goldwater and I have… I’ve got nothing but respect for the man, and his concerns with the current problems in this country are justified. My fellow Pennsylvanians, I urge you to consider the consequences if we do not unite, and face the future together. Governor Rockefeller continues to campaign, and divide our party only further. He claims to understand the troubles of the working class, yet was never born in it. Despite growing up impoverished...as a child I never really realized it. I managed to have good times back on the Nixon ranch in California… but I was always told that that’s where my life is going to be forever. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of discouragement growing up… but as I went to school, got my education… I was determined to be something new. To be something better. To achieve a sense of the American Dream. I worked my way into college, and no, I didn’t get to go to college with free money, I worked my butt off to get a scholarship, and get into Duke. Governor Rockefeller expects all of this to be handed to him on the silver platter he was fed on. But I know the American people know better. I know that the silent majority is out there… the worker who works 9 to 5 and cannot be as vocal as the supporters that other candidates may have… most Americans I believe just want a leader who won’t be divisive, won’t be overly grandiose… they just want a leader they know can get the job done, and keep the United States in order. I look forward to the Pennsylvania primary, I hope to see all of you voting! And I urge you to think of the consequences. WE! MUST! UNITE! If Governor Rockefeller doesn’t want to unite with us now… then so be it. The consequences will make him come to realization soon enough. Thank you Pennsylvania, and good day!” At the end of the rally, Nixon volunteers begin passing out “A vote for Rocky is a vote for Goldy!” pins, along with “LBJ lost the way, Nixon will save the Day!” flyers and campaign pins. 

Influence (6): The moderates and Eisenhower insiders are certainly warm to their old friend Dick.

Rally (6): Dirksen spices up the rally and while Philadelphia is friedly to Rockefeller, Nixon's message is welcome.

Rally (6): Another solid rally for Nixon.

Overall: +3. Nixon moves in a positive direction in Pennsylvania.

3 hours ago, Hestia11 said:

Johnson leaves the campaign trail, instead spending time with the Alaska Democratic Party. He speaks with several party bosses in the state, and implores them to think about supporting President Johnson in his reelection. He says that the party needs a proven leader to handle the country's many problems in the coming days.

Johnson then meets with Iowa Gov. Harold Hughes, where he chats with the governor about midwestern issues. He says that while he may differ slightly with him on policy, he says that the Johnson administration will protect agriculture in states like Iowa.

Johnson meets with some lesser heads of the New York delegation, where he hopes to pry some of the voters away from Sen. Kennedy. He speaks with them about how to control the war in Vietnam and bring it to a conclusion.

Schmooze (9): Alaska is friendly turf for President Johnson as many appreciate his roots and attention to small states.

Influence (5): Hughes is no fan of Johnson and is an ally of McCarthy and McGovern. While LBJ held cordial conversation, his position on Vietnam is a hard leap for Hughes to overcome.

Schmooze (4): RFK's control over the New York delegation is strong and some of the lesser heads are even scared of meeting with the President for fear of higher up repercussions.

Overall: +3. Johnson has a great week in Alaska.

3 hours ago, buenoboss said:

Nelson Rockefeller has yet another mega-rally with George Romney and William Scranton in Pennsylvania

Winthrop Rockefeller announces he will be endorsing Nelson Rockefeller for President at a dinner with key Southern Republican Party bosses. Winthrop says his brother is the only man who could beat Kennedy, Johnson, or Wallace.

Nelson Rockefeller meets with John Volpe at Kykuit. He talks about their similar liberalism and the need to stop Goldwater with a true liberal, not a LINO. He pushes Volpe to run as a favorite son in the primary, and if he does, he will be considered for Transportation or even Ambassador to Italy, his parents homeland. 

Nelson Rockefeller meets with Clifford Case, hoping to get an endorsement. He talks about the need to stop Goldwater and their shared liberalism. He says an endorsement could push Case into the Senate leadership, or even Rockefeller's future cabinet.

Rally (9): These rallies have done nothing except send Rockefeller's momentum in PA through the roof!

Endorsement (5): The speech goes as well as one could expect, it helps to have an ounce of southern support and yet most recognize that most Southern Republicans will be supporting Goldwater or secondarily Nixon.

Influence (10!): Volpe will throw his favorite son bid behind Rockefeller.

Influence (7): Case will endorse Rockefeller and help him win the primary.

Overall: +15.  Rockefeller rocks this week building up momentum across the Northeast.

2 hours ago, MishFox said:

Rally - Lynch does another rally in Rural california, making the case that he will be the best candidate

Influence - Lynch tries to influence ethnic minorities, coming out in favor of the new civil rights act. 

Rally (8): The rally goes great!

Influence (10!): Lynch's immediate action as Attorney General strikes a chord with minorities!

Overall: +9. Lynch finally breaks through in a meaningful way, building lots of momentum this week!

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1968 Pennsylvania Democratic Primary

643,891 votes -- 131 Delegates

Robert F. Kennedy  - 245,323 votes (38.1%) 50 delegates

George Wallace - 228,581 votes (35.5%) 47 delegates

Lyndon B. Johnson - 169,987 votes (26.4%) 34 delegates

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1968 Pennsylvania Republican Primary

312,452 votes -- 64 Delegates

Nelson Rockefeller - 133,729 votes (42.8%) 27 delegates

Richard Nixon - 96,236 votes (30.8%) 20 delegates

Barry Goldwater - 82,487 votes (26.4%) 17 delegates

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