ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 15, 1968
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(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
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