× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Republican Ticket / Agnew / Black Vote #1297

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 15, 1968
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Non-partisan committee of 20 attys. meets with Richard Nixon and advises him with regard to stand on crime in states. Louisville, Kentucky, Prosecutor J. Earl Dearing tells reporters of reservations with regard to Spiro Agnew. Says fellow Negroes cool to Agnew's stand on civil rights.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Baltimore, Maryland) 2,500 meet Agnew at airport. Few Negroes that were there booed him. He won 98% black vote in 1966 governor's race. Black newspaper describes Agnew as "bitter pill" in headline. [Edward George COLLINS - cites Agnew switch with regard to race question. He upbraided Negro leaders in Apr. after Martin Luther King's death for their blame for riots and approving militants. It was unjustified.] Film of April 11 meeting shown. [AGNEW - tells leaders they were beguiled by rationalization of unity, intimidated by threats and stung by insinuations of being Mr. Chas.' boys and epithets like Uncle Tom.] Blacks began walking out of meeting He then took hard law and order stand and said looters should be shot. [COLLINS - says Agnew's position on shooting looters bad position for Vice Presidential candidate to take. If he doesn't mean it, he should explain to Negro leaders] [AGNEW - says police should use own judgment.] [COLLINS - says some of Agnew's statements difficult to distinguish from racist's remarks.] [AGNEW - says is not now and never has been racist. Did more to recognize Negroes than anybody else in this office. Apptd. judges, school board members, equalized draft board members., hired blacks on staff and recognized black community needs representative] He and Nixon not likely to get black vote.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:04:10

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.