Shirley Chisholm Presidential Candidacy Announcement

  • Shirley Chisholm Presedential Candidacy Announcement

  • Shirley Chisholm

    I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States of America.

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  • I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud.

  • I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman and I'm equally proud of that.

  • I am not the candidate of any political bosses or fat cats or special interests.

  • I stand here now without endorsements from many big-name politicians or celebrities or any other kind of prop.

  • I do not intend to offer to you the tired and glib clichΓ©s, which for too long have been [an] accepted part of our political life.

  • Shirley Chisholm

    I am the candidate of the people of America.

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  • And my presence before you, now, symbolizes a new era in American political history.

  • I have always earnestly believed in the great potential of America.

  • Our constitutional democracy will soon celebrate its 200th anniversary, effective testimony to the longevity of our cherished Constitution, and its unique Bill of Rights, which continues to give to the world its inspirational message of freedom and liberty.

  • We Americans are a dynamic people because of our rugged individuality and our cherished diversity, because of our belief in human dignity, because of our generosity and good will to our fellow man

  • -- and most importantly, because of our tradition of moving forward, forward to actively confront those problems which plague us in a world growing more complex each year.

  • Like all human beings, we have made mistakes.

  • Shirley Chisholm

    Our involvement in Vietnam was and remains at this very moment a terrible tragedy.

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  • To have intervened in the civil war in that country, and then later to have intervened in still two more countries, Laos and Cambodia, was an ill-conceived blunder whose consequences all of us have had to suffer.

  • To leave our men there, or to increase massive bombing in the process of withdrawing them, is to compound the havoc and misery which we are inflicting on the peoples of Indochina; [on our] own young men who have been killed and mutilated and rendered drug addicts;

  • and ourselves -- ourselves, whose hard-earned has, during a serious economic recession, made up the billions of dollars spent in Vietnam when we so urgently needed these resources at home.

  • During last year, 1971, more civilians were killed and wounded in Indochina, and many more made refugees, than at any time in our history.

  • Shirley Chisholm

    And Vietnam continues to cost us one million dollars a day -- this despite President Nixon's promise, four years ago, to end this nightmare.

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