Hubert Humphrey had visited Wheeling in 1960 as a presidential candidate, but returned on December 10, 1971 to give a speech at the annual COPE (Committee on Political Education) dinner of the Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly at the Wheeling Elks Lodge. In his 1971 speech to an audience of 400 persons, Humphrey called for a unified Appalachian Master Plan to coordinate anti-poverty and development programs in the region. He compared economic conditions at that time to 1960, saying West Virginia had symbolized neglect under the Republicans then, and that now every part of America reflected the Nixon administration's failure to address people's needs. Humphrey set out three national priorities - putting Americans back to work, refocusing government on people's needs, and creating a single strategy for regional and national development. The speech expressed themes from his earlier 1960 West Virginia campaign and pointed toward his plans to challenge Nixon's presidency in 1972.
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