s 3828 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE
By Mr. MANSFIELD (for himself
and Mr. AIKEN) :
S.J. Res. 215. A joint resolution proposing
an amendment to the Constitution
of the United States relating to the
nomination of individuals for election· to
the offices of the President and Vice
President of the United states.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, following
New Hampshire, a. headline writer
March 13, 1972
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 48, Folder 10, Mansfield Libary, University of Montana
March 13, 1972 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE 83829
last week put it clearly: "The Road Show
Moves to Florida." That caption said
everything there is to say about the effect
of the current system of presidential primaries
upon the democratic processes of
this Nation. What is happening in Florida
today gives one cause to suggest that
the winter headquarters of Ringling
Brothers-Barnum and Bailey have failed
to close on schedule this year.
The truth is, the happenstance primaries
have just begun and if everything
goes as it has in the past, the results will
never be in. Indeed, there will be no results.
As in the past, no two of this year's
primary tests offer the voter or the
hopeful canmdates any resemblance of
sim.il.ar opportunities. The real issue in
Florida, for instance. has little, if anything
at all to do with the matter of
selecting a presiedntial candidate. In
same States what the voter faces is a
long list of strange names a'nd even
stranger circumstances. The delegates he
selects may go to a convention where
votes are cast, not as the people back
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