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Campaign Picnics (1968)

KPRC-TV

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  •  Campaign picnic supporting Vice President and presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey. The event was organized by the Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations.  
  •  US Congressman Robert C. Eckhardt of Texas in attendance. Eckhardt served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1959 to 1967, and the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1981. He is also co-founder of the Texas Observer magazine. 
  •  Campaign picnic supporting third-party presidential candidate George Wallace. Wallace rose to national prominence through his opposition to racial integration as governor of Alabama. In 1963, he blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to prevent two African-American students from enrolling. The incident, later known as the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” prompted President John F. Kennedy to federalize the Alabama National Guard to command Wallace to step aside. In the 1968 presidential election, Wallace ran as the American Independent Party candidate on a segregationist platform. He did not expect to win the race, but sought to garner enough electoral votes to prevent either major party candidate from winning the necessary majority. The House of Representatives would then decide the election, and Wallace hoped that southern states could use their influence to halt federal desegregation efforts. Wallace won five states, amassing 46 Electoral College votes. Republican candidate Richard Nixon nevertheless acquired enough electoral votes, 301, to handily win the election.   
 
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Broadcast on October 13, 1968, this news segment from Houston’s KPRC-TV captures two campaign events for opposing presidential candidates. In the first, the Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations hosts a picnic in support of Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey. Congressman Robert Eckhardt attends. In the second, local supporters of third-party presidential candidate George Wallace gather for a picnic and live music.