Agnew, Nixon and the 1970 Campaign
He [ Agnew] thinks the prospects for the Republican Party are tantalizing. America, he believes, is now witnessing the emergence of a new Republican majority. As he sees it, "that new majority can dominate the political life of the final third of this century, as the Democratic Party dominated the middle third."
-- Haynes Johnson, in the Washington Post, March 29, 1970
Will Americans be led by a President elected by a majority of the American people or will we be intimidated and blackmailed into following the path dictated by a disruptive and militant minority -- the pampered prodigies of the radical liberals in the United States Senate?
-- Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, at
San Diego, California, September 10, 1970
It was bright and sunny with just a breezy hint of autumn on the morning of September 10, 1970, at the U.S. Coast Guard terminal of Washington National Airport. The national midterm election campaign of the Republican Party was about to get under way. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew would fly that morning to Springfield, Ill., starting a speaking tour for Republican candidates that would stretch, nonstop and unrelenting, across the continent.