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Cabinet / Laird / Vietnam War #1224

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 09, 1968
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(Studio) President-elect Richard Nixon to present cabinet to nation via television Wednesday p.m. To be carried live. 1st President to announce whole cabinet at once. Friday night ABC news broadcast recalled. Senator Henry Jackson then suggested as Secretary Defense Jackson reported to have turned down post. Sources now say Defense Secretary to be Melvin Laird. Possibility of Democratic nomination considered for Secretary State. Stewart Alsop comments on Melvin Laird.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Laird characterized. Strong Republican Party ties noted. Party and Nixon admin. to be second only to interest of nation as a whole. Anti-Communist stance, Vietnam war hawkishness noted. Laird criticized President Lyndon Johnson with regard to United States troop withdrawal. Laird's present opinion with regard to war considered. Laird as dovish Secretary Defense predicted.
REPORTER: Stewart Alsop

Alsop, Stewart;
Reynolds, Frank

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