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Nixon's last campaign stop

Nixon’s last campaign stop

Nov. 4, 1972: During his last campaign stop ever, President Nixon reaches out to shake hands with members of a large crowd — estimated at 50,000 — at Ontario International Airport. After 26 years in politics, Nixon addressed the crowd about his plans to end the Vietnam War.

After Nixon’s speech, now-retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer Boris Yaro says he waited around while other photographers tore down their gear and started to leave. Yaro writes, “Nixon stepped to the edge of the stage and began shaking hands. All the media were headed for their cars and I was the only person to get this image.”

This photo was page one lead art the next morning.

In the Nov. 7, 1972, presidential election, Nixon won reelection in a landslide over Sen. George McGovern.

1 Comment

  1. September 22, 2012, 4:49 pm

    My wife & I are to the right of Nixon. I appear with the moustach & my wife is just to the left of me.

    By: BenMargolis1

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