Scrapbook 1972: Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern visits Albany (13 photos)

McGovern "dancers" step lively on State Street in Schenectady during the 1972 presidential campaign.
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McGovern "dancers" step lively on State Street in Schenectady during the 1972 presidential campaign.

SCRAPBOOK George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972, spoke to a crowd estimated at 7,000 at East Capitol Park on Thursday, Sept. 14, 1972.

The speech in downtown Albany was cut short (by five minutes) when a heavy rainstorm scrambled and soaked McGovern fans.

Before the weather problem, McGovern was able to take a jab at President Richard Nixon, who had already been linked to the now-famous June 1972 burglary at the Watergate Office Building and wiretapping of the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

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The South Dakota senator had experienced sound system problems during the speech; “We don’t have as many electrical wire experts working for us as President Nixon has,” McGovern said.

Nixon won the election and, because of the Watergate scandal, was forced to resign the presidency in 1974.

Gazette file photos by Ed Schultz

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