Political Notes: Party for George

Alabama's George Wallace has insisted all along that he will be a third-party presidential candidate only if the Democrats and Republicans nominate candidates whose views he opposes. Last week Wallace could wait no longer. With his blessing, right-wing California Publicist William K. Shearer, 36, launched the American Independent Party, with plans to organize state committees nationwide.

A.I.P.'s platform is the straight anti-civil rights, anti-big government Wallace line. The party's purpose is to give George "ballot position" without giving up any of his political options. He will be free to enter Democratic primaries and stay in the presidential race whatever their...

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